Slow XP Booting

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Hiya all, I have an XP Pro machine, spec is AMD 64bit Sempron 2800 (754pin), 512 RAM, 40 gig HDD, 128MB 5200 Graphics, which is taking 5 minutes to log in, by this i mean entering my password untill i can use it. I have done MSconfig, adaware full scans, AVG AS 7.5 full scans, System mechanic 4 Reg backup, then clean, Temp files cleaned, add/removed any unwanted programs, defraged HDD tweaked services etc with autoruns, removing any unfound software. All done under both users and administrator profiles. But still it takes around 5 minutes to be able to be used. Anyone got any idea's?? Much appreciated. BTW, Memory upgrade and HDD upgrade are pending funds! (hopefully after christmas shoppings done!!) Thanks in advance, Carl.
ASKED: December 7, 2006  10:36 AM
UPDATED: February 1, 2012  8:52 AM

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I had this problem with the machines attached to my Work Network. The problem was finally found to be the DNS Server that I had placed in the Network Settings. I had placed an external IP address as the DNS and I had to put in the PDC address and use this to forward DNS Requests to the internet.

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The slow booting of your computer system running Windows XP OS might be caused by the 2 antivirus and antimalware application installed into the system. Remember that these software applications continuously run and scan the system Two software could cause conflict to each other. Remove the adaware and restart your computer system.

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  • Superfreak
    One other thing to check, I had a similar issue with a client, and it turned out that his USB attached HP printer, had several media card slots built into it for reading digital camera cards. Apparently those can also be boot devices so it was looking at each one. No HP updates fixed it, so basically whenever they have to reboot the PC, or turn it on, they just shut off the printer and it boots fine, then turn printer back on.
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  • Ojoeboy
    What is your PATH set to? START, Run, type cmd and enter and type PATH and enter. Check to see that some old program directory is not in there. Are you mapped to a network drive that no longer exists? Check in Explorer by holding the Windows Key and E and letting go. Tools->Disconnect Network Drive Are you running a login script with errors in it? Presuming you are on a domain, check your account settings for a script file. Good luck with that.
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  • Lirria
    Hmm - this is familiar - I just can't remember the details that I did to fix it when it happened to me over a year ago. Other things to check: 1. Event log - see if there is anything out of the ordinary 2. Network card - current drivers? (if you can swap to a different one and see if the problem goes away - if there is another onboard nic, switch to it and disable the other one) 3. Network cable - swap it out 4. Different port in the switch 5. Last ditch - remove it from the domain, delete the computer object and then re-add it back in. Just some thoughts. Good luck! Lirria
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  • Bobkberg
    Since one other poster mentioned a DNS problem... Have you put a sniffer on the wire to see if there's any activity there that could account for the problem? Bob
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  • Carl0s81
    Sorry, the PC is not in a domain, it is a standalone machine. Just checked out admin tools and got none, so maybe a windows repair may be needed??
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  • Lirria
    How long does it take to boot to safe mode? Lirria
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  • Carl0s81
    Hiya all, After lloking into event viewer, after getting admin tools back, found a conflict with dcom service. Looks like disabling that sorts it. PC is now miles faster now. Thanks for all the help, Carl.
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