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xp boots up slow

Hello, I have windows xp and it boots up very slow. It takes 2 or more minutes to bootup. Here's my wait time messages " please wait.. preparing the network connections, ... Running startup scripts..."   Can this bootup config be edit in windows?  
Thanks all your help!

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eXmanAuthor Commented:
please help
Are you on a domain?
If the answer to bsheragy's question is Yes, then consider this:

Slow logon to domain in XP Pro

You may experience extremely long delays (up to 5 minutes) when logging into domains using Windows XP Pro. This is caused by the asyncronous loading of networking during the boot up process. This speeds up the login process in a stand-alone workstation by allowing the user to log in with cached logon credentials before the network is fully ready.

To disable this "feature" and restore your domain logons to their normal speed, open the MMC and add the group policy snap-in. Under Computer Configuration-->Administrative Templates-->System-->Logon, change "Always wait for the network at computer startup and logon" to ENABLED.
Some things to try for slow bootup in WinXP:

1. dhcp: if you have a network card and you don't need it or if you can get away with it, set a static ip address for it, or disable it
2. the workstation service: again if not on a network, you can disable it
go to start -->run and type services.msc, scroll down to the workstation service, stop it, and set it to manual
3. there is a tool to check the bootup, and optimize it
see here
Take a look at this page.  I downloaded the .pdf file available there summarizing the web page's contents and printed it out using Adobe Acrobat Reader, then ended up disabling 37 of the services that are started by default in most XP Pro systems.  My startup time decreased greatly.


After you work out which services to disable, here is how you do it:  Click on Start, then type services.msc in the Run dialog box.  For each service listed in the window which opens up that you want to disable at the next boot, right click on it, select Properties from the context menu that scrolls out, then click on the downward pointing arrow at the end of the list box for Startup Type on the General tab, choose Disable, then click OK. After you've done all your disabling, reboot.

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