very slow start up

  will the conk 17:51 26 Jul 05

switching on the computer I get the screen which shows the Main Processor is Intel Pentium 4 2.66GHz (133x20.0) the rest of the screen is blank with press F1 or DEL to enter setup right at the bottom. In other words it does not show the IDE drives etc. This screen stays for a long time ( approx 2mins 10 secs) and then I get the found iDE drives followed by the windows XP home which is my OS. and it goes through this, and then the screen goes blank once again but after a further 1min 20 secs it comes up with the Users details which on my computer is 4 people. On clicking on my user detail I get the MS music and up comes the desktop with icons. Over all this has taken 4.5 mins.
Has anyone any ideas as to what has happened to cause this? I am a 72 year old brit, so not the quickest on the planet,but any help will be more than appreciated.
Pressing F1 or DEL on the opening screen do NOTHING.
Also the computer takes a long time to close down.
Your help and/or advice will be appreciated, particularly if it is simple ( Like me)

  hubdean 18:05 26 Jul 05

not 100% shure
but try runing norton anti virus in safe mode
to get safe mode
restart and keep pressing f5
cannot do any harm
i think if it finds some thing you will have to turn off system restore and do it again to kill the virus
if indeed it is a virus
good luck

  howard60 19:37 26 Jul 05

go to start - run and type msconfig. go to top right tab - startup. I take the tick out of everything except my firewall and virus checker. Restart and then put a tick in the left hand side box not to show again and it will be a lot faster starting. You could also go to start - run type prefetch - highlight one and press control and A to highlight them all and then delete the lot again after starting again it will be a lot quicker.

  will the conk 21:24 26 Jul 05

Thank you Hubdean and howard60, going to try both of these ( one at a time) and see if this is what is causing it, see answer to first thread. Due to my stupity I managed to send the same query three times. !!!

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