Slooooow boot

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Can someone help me know where to begin to trouble a Slow Boot with WinXP
Professional SP1a (updated as far as SP2----but do not have SP2 installed).

Computer:
Dell XPS Gen 3
Intel 3.0 Ghz
2GB Ram
ATI Radeon 9800XT Video card
Western Digital 250GB hard drive

Software:
Norton System Works 2005 with Norton Utilities, Norton Antivirus, GoBack
4.0, Trojan Hunter 4.0

What else do you need to know??

I don't remember doing anything in particular, but at boot up 36 hours ago
is when the problem started. After Choosing WinXP Professional (or any
other choice from boot menu) it takes 20 minutes to get to WinXP boot screen
(slows during white progress bars across botton of black screen). Boot from
there appears to be at usual speed, about ninety seconds until windows
desktop loaded and able to access programs. Nothing, to my knowledge, was
added or updated before this problem.

I need a starting point here to try and find the problem. I know I can do
complete format of C drive and a complete new install of windows, but I
don't really want to do that unless I have to.


mudrat
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Have you tried -Last Known Good Configuration?

    How to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316434&sd=RMVP

    If the problem persists-
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html

    regards,
    ssg MS-MVP

    oldmudrat <oldmudrat@ wrote:

    > Can someone help me know where to begin to trouble a Slow Boot with WinXP
    > Professional SP1a (updated as far as SP2----but do not have SP2 installed).
    >
    > Computer:
    > Dell XPS Gen 3
    > Intel 3.0 Ghz
    > 2GB Ram
    > ATI Radeon 9800XT Video card
    > Western Digital 250GB hard drive
    >
    > Software:
    > Norton System Works 2005 with Norton Utilities, Norton Antivirus, GoBack
    > 4.0, Trojan Hunter 4.0
    >
    > What else do you need to know??
    >
    > I don't remember doing anything in particular, but at boot up 36 hours ago
    > is when the problem started. After Choosing WinXP Professional (or any
    > other choice from boot menu) it takes 20 minutes to get to WinXP boot screen
    > (slows during white progress bars across botton of black screen). Boot from
    > there appears to be at usual speed, about ninety seconds until windows
    > desktop loaded and able to access programs. Nothing, to my knowledge, was
    > added or updated before this problem.
    >
    > I need a starting point here to try and find the problem. I know I can do
    > complete format of C drive and a complete new install of windows, but I
    > don't really want to do that unless I have to.
    >
    >
    >
    > mudrat
    >
    >
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Yes, even booting with "Last Known Good Configuration" yields the same
    results.

    Thanks for the microsoft link. Looks like I've got something to keep me
    busy this weekend.

    mudrat


    "S.Sengupta" <ssengupta_@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:%23I25MzgcFHA.2736@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > Have you tried -Last Known Good Configuration?
    >
    > How to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting in Windows XP
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316434&sd=RMVP
    >
    > If the problem persists-
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
    >
    > regards,
    > ssg MS-MVP
    >
    > oldmudrat <oldmudrat@ wrote:
    >
    > > Can someone help me know where to begin to trouble a Slow Boot with
    WinXP
    > > Professional SP1a (updated as far as SP2----but do not have SP2
    installed).
    > >
    > > Computer:
    > > Dell XPS Gen 3
    > > Intel 3.0 Ghz
    > > 2GB Ram
    > > ATI Radeon 9800XT Video card
    > > Western Digital 250GB hard drive
    > >
    > > Software:
    > > Norton System Works 2005 with Norton Utilities, Norton Antivirus, GoBack
    > > 4.0, Trojan Hunter 4.0
    > >
    > > What else do you need to know??
    > >
    > > I don't remember doing anything in particular, but at boot up 36 hours
    ago
    > > is when the problem started. After Choosing WinXP Professional (or any
    > > other choice from boot menu) it takes 20 minutes to get to WinXP boot
    screen
    > > (slows during white progress bars across botton of black screen). Boot
    from
    > > there appears to be at usual speed, about ninety seconds until windows
    > > desktop loaded and able to access programs. Nothing, to my knowledge,
    was
    > > added or updated before this problem.
    > >
    > > I need a starting point here to try and find the problem. I know I can
    do
    > > complete format of C drive and a complete new install of windows, but I
    > > don't really want to do that unless I have to.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > mudrat
    > >
    > >
    > >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Last known good in this case is useless. That should only be used if you
    cannot get past the log on screen. Once you've 'logged in' even slow as
    frozen molasses, that's considered a 'successful boot'
    Try booting up into safe mode. Then Start > Run > type msconfig & click ok.
    Choose the startup tab (folder tabs) and uncheck any items that you do not
    need immediately when the computer boots up, reboot to normal mode. The more
    items there, the longer it takes for your computer to 'settle' in for use.
    If that doesn't help, post here & try some other ideas.

    --
    ~*Kim*~

    MCP/MCSA/MCSE
    The Canadian DOS Prompt: EH?\>


    "S.Sengupta" <ssengupta_@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:%23I25MzgcFHA.2736@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > Have you tried -Last Known Good Configuration?
    >
    > How to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting in Windows XP
    > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316434&sd=RMVP
    >
    > If the problem persists-
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
    >
    > regards,
    > ssg MS-MVP
    >
    > oldmudrat <oldmudrat@ wrote:
    >
    >> Can someone help me know where to begin to trouble a Slow Boot with WinXP
    >> Professional SP1a (updated as far as SP2----but do not have SP2
    >> installed).
    >>
    >> Computer:
    >> Dell XPS Gen 3
    >> Intel 3.0 Ghz
    >> 2GB Ram
    >> ATI Radeon 9800XT Video card
    >> Western Digital 250GB hard drive
    >>
    >> Software:
    >> Norton System Works 2005 with Norton Utilities, Norton Antivirus, GoBack
    >> 4.0, Trojan Hunter 4.0
    >>
    >> What else do you need to know??
    >>
    >> I don't remember doing anything in particular, but at boot up 36 hours
    >> ago
    >> is when the problem started. After Choosing WinXP Professional (or any
    >> other choice from boot menu) it takes 20 minutes to get to WinXP boot
    >> screen
    >> (slows during white progress bars across botton of black screen). Boot
    >> from
    >> there appears to be at usual speed, about ninety seconds until windows
    >> desktop loaded and able to access programs. Nothing, to my knowledge,
    >> was
    >> added or updated before this problem.
    >>
    >> I need a starting point here to try and find the problem. I know I can
    >> do
    >> complete format of C drive and a complete new install of windows, but I
    >> don't really want to do that unless I have to.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> mudrat
    >>
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    "Last known good in this case is useless. That should only be used if you
    cannot get past the log on screen. Once you've 'logged in' even slow as
    frozen molasses, that's considered a 'successful boot'..."

    True.
    regards,
    ssg MS-MVP


    KrazE wrote:

    > Last known good in this case is useless. That should only be used if you
    > cannot get past the log on screen. Once you've 'logged in' even slow as
    > frozen molasses, that's considered a 'successful boot'
    > Try booting up into safe mode. Then Start > Run > type msconfig & click ok.
    > Choose the startup tab (folder tabs) and uncheck any items that you do not
    > need immediately when the computer boots up, reboot to normal mode. The more
    > items there, the longer it takes for your computer to 'settle' in for use.
    > If that doesn't help, post here & try some other ideas.
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Are you connected to a broadband connection (DSL,Cable...)? If so try to
    disconnect the computer from the broadband connection and see if that makes a
    difference on startup times. If it does make a difference then you have
    either a spyware or virus problem.

    "oldmudrat hotmail.com>" wrote:

    > Can someone help me know where to begin to trouble a Slow Boot with WinXP
    > Professional SP1a (updated as far as SP2----but do not have SP2 installed).
    >
    > Computer:
    > Dell XPS Gen 3
    > Intel 3.0 Ghz
    > 2GB Ram
    > ATI Radeon 9800XT Video card
    > Western Digital 250GB hard drive
    >
    > Software:
    > Norton System Works 2005 with Norton Utilities, Norton Antivirus, GoBack
    > 4.0, Trojan Hunter 4.0
    >
    > What else do you need to know??
    >
    > I don't remember doing anything in particular, but at boot up 36 hours ago
    > is when the problem started. After Choosing WinXP Professional (or any
    > other choice from boot menu) it takes 20 minutes to get to WinXP boot screen
    > (slows during white progress bars across botton of black screen). Boot from
    > there appears to be at usual speed, about ninety seconds until windows
    > desktop loaded and able to access programs. Nothing, to my knowledge, was
    > added or updated before this problem.
    >
    > I need a starting point here to try and find the problem. I know I can do
    > complete format of C drive and a complete new install of windows, but I
    > don't really want to do that unless I have to.
    >
    >
    >
    > mudrat
    >
    >
    >
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    This might be a spyware/virus problem. Try unplugging the system from the
    broadband connection and then restart the computer. You have a spyware/virus
    problem if the computer does boot much faster without being connected to the
    internet. Hope that this helps.

    "KrazE" wrote:

    > Last known good in this case is useless. That should only be used if you
    > cannot get past the log on screen. Once you've 'logged in' even slow as
    > frozen molasses, that's considered a 'successful boot'
    > Try booting up into safe mode. Then Start > Run > type msconfig & click ok.
    > Choose the startup tab (folder tabs) and uncheck any items that you do not
    > need immediately when the computer boots up, reboot to normal mode. The more
    > items there, the longer it takes for your computer to 'settle' in for use.
    > If that doesn't help, post here & try some other ideas.
    >
    > --
    > ~*Kim*~
    >
    > MCP/MCSA/MCSE
    > The Canadian DOS Prompt: EH?\>
    >
    >
    >
    > "S.Sengupta" <ssengupta_@msn.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23I25MzgcFHA.2736@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > > Have you tried -Last Known Good Configuration?
    > >
    > > How to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting in Windows XP
    > > http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=316434&sd=RMVP
    > >
    > > If the problem persists-
    > > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/cleanxpinstall.html
    > >
    > > regards,
    > > ssg MS-MVP
    > >
    > > oldmudrat <oldmudrat@ wrote:
    > >
    > >> Can someone help me know where to begin to trouble a Slow Boot with WinXP
    > >> Professional SP1a (updated as far as SP2----but do not have SP2
    > >> installed).
    > >>
    > >> Computer:
    > >> Dell XPS Gen 3
    > >> Intel 3.0 Ghz
    > >> 2GB Ram
    > >> ATI Radeon 9800XT Video card
    > >> Western Digital 250GB hard drive
    > >>
    > >> Software:
    > >> Norton System Works 2005 with Norton Utilities, Norton Antivirus, GoBack
    > >> 4.0, Trojan Hunter 4.0
    > >>
    > >> What else do you need to know??
    > >>
    > >> I don't remember doing anything in particular, but at boot up 36 hours
    > >> ago
    > >> is when the problem started. After Choosing WinXP Professional (or any
    > >> other choice from boot menu) it takes 20 minutes to get to WinXP boot
    > >> screen
    > >> (slows during white progress bars across botton of black screen). Boot
    > >> from
    > >> there appears to be at usual speed, about ninety seconds until windows
    > >> desktop loaded and able to access programs. Nothing, to my knowledge,
    > >> was
    > >> added or updated before this problem.
    > >>
    > >> I need a starting point here to try and find the problem. I know I can
    > >> do
    > >> complete format of C drive and a complete new install of windows, but I
    > >> don't really want to do that unless I have to.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> mudrat
    > >>
    > >>
    >
    >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    I am connnected to DSL on this computer and I've not tried disconnecting the
    DSL connection yet. Thought about disconnecting all peripherals (I have a
    USB printer, USB external Zip Drive, USB mouse, and USB scanner. So far,
    Antivirus scans (with Norton's AV and AVG), Spybot S&D, Adaware, Trojan
    Hunter, CWShredder have failed to turn up any problems. I un-installed two
    programs that I thought might be causing problems (Easy CD Creator 7.0 and
    Acronis True Image 8.0) with no effect on boot time. I just un-installed
    Norton Goback 4.0 and that reduced boot time to about 5 minutes, something I
    can live with. I'm debating un-installing Norton Anti-virus and Norton
    Systems Works Premier 2005, but I think that can wait for tomorrow.

    Thanks to all the suggestions offered. I'm not done with this yet. And I
    will keep the list posted as to what I do as how this turns out.

    Perhaps it will help some other poor souls with a like problem.


    mudrat


    "scooters" <scooters@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:AC1DCF90-D688-46BB-B16D-35174CE40D9A@microsoft.com...
    > Are you connected to a broadband connection (DSL,Cable...)? If so try to
    > disconnect the computer from the broadband connection and see if that
    makes a
    > difference on startup times. If it does make a difference then you have
    > either a spyware or virus problem.
    >
    > "oldmudrat hotmail.com>" wrote:
    >
    > > Can someone help me know where to begin to trouble a Slow Boot with
    WinXP
    > > Professional SP1a (updated as far as SP2----but do not have SP2
    installed).
    > >
    > > Computer:
    > > Dell XPS Gen 3
    > > Intel 3.0 Ghz
    > > 2GB Ram
    > > ATI Radeon 9800XT Video card
    > > Western Digital 250GB hard drive
    > >
    > > Software:
    > > Norton System Works 2005 with Norton Utilities, Norton Antivirus, GoBack
    > > 4.0, Trojan Hunter 4.0
    > >
    > > What else do you need to know??
    > >
    > > I don't remember doing anything in particular, but at boot up 36 hours
    ago
    > > is when the problem started. After Choosing WinXP Professional (or any
    > > other choice from boot menu) it takes 20 minutes to get to WinXP boot
    screen
    > > (slows during white progress bars across botton of black screen). Boot
    from
    > > there appears to be at usual speed, about ninety seconds until windows
    > > desktop loaded and able to access programs. Nothing, to my knowledge,
    was
    > > added or updated before this problem.
    > >
    > > I need a starting point here to try and find the problem. I know I can
    do
    > > complete format of C drive and a complete new install of windows, but I
    > > don't really want to do that unless I have to.
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > > mudrat
    > >
    > >
    > >
    > >
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