Windows XP is taking a long time to startup - not a few minutes, but 1 hour. Time is normal to the user choice screen, after that is the jingle, the desktop appears but then it does nothing more for about an hour, when it starts loading up the startup programs. During this "dead" period, though, I can access and use the computer's hard disk via a network with my other PC. It's a Dell Dimension 8100, previously installed with ME, but I did a full XP install. I've tried all the tricks, Norton Systemsworks etc. There are no virusses. Now I'm stumped! Any ideas? Thanks in advance
Thanks for the input. I tried the suggestions above. If I run msconfig in diagnosis mode (minimum configuration) it starts like a flash. I've run Bootvis (which tells me that the vast amount of time is taken with drivers and prefetching, whatever that is) and uninstalled Norton Systemworks, but the problem remains in "normal" startup mode. Is there a way to see which particular part of the startup process is taking so long so that I can disable only that part of the process? Thanks in advance!
Thanks - time consuming, but at last I've found the culprit. Not a startup program but a "Systems Service" - web client. I don't know what this does, but if I unselect it and run selective startup the problem goes. So the next issue is, how can I get rid of this service, or correct it, so that I don't always have to start my PC up in "selective startup" mode?