If log on delayed XP hangs at desktop

  A S D 08:21 09 Sep 09
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If I enter my password at the logon screen as soon as it appears I do not have any difficulty with booting up. However if I am distracted and the log on screen appears for more than say 6 seconds before I enter my password the desk top will appear but most of the taskbar icons will never appear and the system hangs. It is also impossible to start any programs. The only way I can deal with the problem is to Ctrl alt Delete and restart from task manager.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks

  birdface 08:56 09 Sep 09

If you do not need to use your password maybe try this from an older thread.

click here

That was for XP so not sure if it would work on Vista.
Maybe check that your air vents are clear of dust and fluff if so inside will also need cleaning out.

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