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June 13, 2011 2:34:04 AM

So recently i've been noticing that it takes forever to log into my computer. I am running windows XP Pro SP3. It's been slowly getting longer and longer and i'm debating whether this can be fixed, or i should just wipe it clean and install Win7. (I never did because my NIC was unsupported by 7, but i have since gotten a new one). After login everything runs like it should. games run mint, internet blows (thats not computers fault), but otherwise, smooth =] I am currently cleaning off all unused programs, defragging, and ccleaning everything. I have run the most recent virus scans and nothing has shown up so i am assuming that there are no virus's on my machine.

Note: The login time is approximately from entering the password and pressing enter, i can get up, grab a soda, go to the bathroom, come back, sit down as my machine is logged in.

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June 13, 2011 5:28:13 AM

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Note: The login time is approximately from entering the password and pressing enter, i can get up, grab a soda, go to the bathroom, come back, sit down as my machine is logged in.
About the bathroom part, #1 or #2?

Seriously... empty the prefetch folder..
Right-Click Start>Explore
Navigate to the Windows/Prefetch folder
Enter Ctrl A, (selecting all)
Push the delete key.

Next time you run a program it will take slightly longer to start, (because Windows will rebuild the prefetch items as they are started again, one at a time) but after that it will be much faster.
Boot time will speed up greatly.


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June 13, 2011 10:56:38 AM

you may have enabled too many startup programs and services.. that's why system take much time to login... disable unwanted program and services from startup to login quickly..!
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June 13, 2011 1:08:25 PM

faizanshakyboy said:
you may have enabled too many startup programs and services.. that's why system take much time to login... disable unwanted program and services from startup to login quickly..!
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It's the "It's been slowly getting longer and longer" part that makes the prefetch folder seem likely to be a major cause although I'll agree with you that too many startup items can drag the boot/program startup down. I definitely agree with disabling startup of un-needed programs at startup. Who need things like Quicktime to load at every start if a person may not use it for weeks at a time and other programs that seldom get used but there they are at every startup.

@mchad1403,

Right-click on the program icons running in the system tray, look for "Options" or "Properties" and then look for the culprit "Start with Windows" or similar and un-check so that program must be manually started. This will free up memory and speed startup more than anything else.

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June 13, 2011 1:57:56 PM

another option--
start>run> type---msconfig

toggle to the startup tab and uncheck the items that are unneeded and are starting at startup. I have 3 items my antivirus, my cpu optimizer, a secondary antispyware program...

If you are not sure which to uncheck you could google or bing them and say "do I need ___ to run at startup?"
You could also uncheck 1 at a time and restart each time and experiment carefully.

Good luck post back..the above suggestions were very good also.
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