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XP slow at booting

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Nelix, Nov 24, 2003.

  1. Nelix
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    Hi Guys,

    Just spent most of yesterday standing in the freezing cold while the garage fixed the fan belt on the car, however, whilst waiting got talking about computers......as you do.....and instead of me paying for the work he did i just fixed a couple of computers ans set up his main computer so that his sons X box could share his broadband connection, oh and made up a 15 metre X-over cable for said X box.

    On his main machine he runs XP home, and ne says that it takes a while to boot up, which, when i looked at it, does'nt seem too bad at boot up but he assures me that it used to be faster, I deleted a few unneccesary files/progs, ran a disk clean up and told hiim to run a disk defragment as it was REALLY fragmented, if this does not speed boot up any one got any ideas what else i could try??
     
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  2. SimonV

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    A new fan belt. :oops: Sorry couldnt resist that one.
     
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    Well, you know about me and my fans
     
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  4. Cartman

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    Nice work if you can get it! (Free garage work sounds good to me)

    When I used to have '95 and '98 (use 2000 now) what used to speed things up for me was the regclean utility and other 3rd party register 'purgers'.

    Don't use XP but realise it is 2000 with a different set of clothes on it, and would be curious if such an animal (i.e. registry cleanout) would have any effect on these OS's.

    As you probably know constant adding and deleting programs always used to bloat the registry out (uninstall never works 100%) and a purge of all unwanted entries always used to speed things up quite nicely.
     
  5. Nelix
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    thanks for that cartman, never thought of that even though i have a copy of one such tool in the house for win 2000 and it seemed to work ok on my machine, will give it a go.
     
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    I'd agree with Cartmans sensible answer. Has worked for me in the past with speed and strange app behavior problems.

    SimonV
     
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    I will pop round with a copy of reg clean.

    Thanks guys :D
     
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  8. Cartman

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    Another thing you could try is see how many things are launched at startup. Loads of apps think that they are important enough to always be running and either dump their execs in the Startup folder or hide in the Run area in the registry.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/MICROSOFT/WINDOWS/CurrentVersion/Run (Or RunOnce). Most startup execs knock around there (based on a W2K registry)

    Hope you get it sorted - the local garage might give you a free set of brake pads! :lol:
     
  9. tripwire45
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    It might be as simple as going into MSCONFIG and checking out the startup tab. Sometimes there are services that don't need to be loaded at start up that slows it down quite a bit. Just a thought.
     
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    Does MSCONFIG work for XP then?
     
  11. SimonV

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    Windows 2000 doesnt have msconfig. Xp, however, does.

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    Ahh, more of the '98 influence I guess.

    XP has more than different clothes than 2000, it appears to have a hat and a nice scarf too. :wink:
     
  13. SimonV

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    LOL, what a shame about the colour scheme though eh?? :roll:
     
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    Never used it - only seen it once or twice. Can't say's as though I fancy it very much. Suspect I'll probably have to at some point judging on MS marketing methods! :gun
     
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    My bad. I was at a 98 SE machine when I wrote my previous comment and I just tried MSCONFIG on an XP machine. I don't have common access to a 2000 machine, though there are a few here at work. Sorry about that, Chief.
     
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    The original q was about XP so seems only right the answer should be too.

    However, learned something new today, so can't be bad.
     
  17. Nelix
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    Did this get sorted, i have been floating around a couple of other sites and came across the same sort of problem on one of them, they pointed the cause at the page file size

    just a thought
     
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    Actaully.... use the handy program, MSConfig, on Windows 2000 by getting a copy of the file from a Windows XP box and placing it in %windir%\system32 folder. Used the same way as the XP version, from the start menu, click run and type in msconfig and hit enter to launch. No rebooting required.
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    Setting the page file to the same min, and max size is a good thing to do. This way you hinder pagefile fragmentation, just be sure you don't set it too small.
     
  20. nugget
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    Okay here is another thing to try. Due to the frequent installing / uninstalling of software the system hive can get really bloated. You can optimize your loading and system by copying the old system hive to a new name (through Recovery console), and then loading it into Regedt32 as a new Hive. Then just save it! Dont do anything to it, just save it.

    After that, go back into recovery Console, copy the now reduced System Hive back to System, and then reboot!
     
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