XP Ages (20mins+) to load personal settings on login

Currently running Windows XP Home, and it takes an age (20 mins approx) to load personal settings on any user account. If I reboot in Safe mode it doesn't take long to login as the same user. Have tried reinstalling Windows XP Home over existing installation and still no joy.

Pentuim 4 PC with 256 RAM

Seemed to start when blaster and nachi virus was removed, could they have removed/corrupted a file?
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If your system hangs about 2 or 3 minutes at startup, where you can't access the Start button or the Taskbar, it may be due to one specific service (Background Intelligent Transfer) running in the background. Microsoft put out a patch for this but it didn't work for me. Here's what you do:

1. Click on Start/Run, type 'msconfig', then click 'OK'.
2. Go to the 'Services' tab, find the 'Background Intelligent Transfer' service, disable
3. Next go to the Startup tab and remove programs that you want to have launch as startup apply the changes & reboot.

Open the Windows Explorer and go to c:\WINDOWS\Prefetch folder.
Click the Edit menu
click the Select All command. This should highlight all the files in the folder.
Hit the DELETE key
Restart your computer.

I would strongly suggest using the following link to learn which Services can be disabled and why and to learn what each Service does.
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To set the Services listed in the above link

Start > Run services.msc
Double Click on the service
In the box labeled Startup Type select Disable
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go to start --> run --> msconfig

go to startup (tab) and remove unwanted programs to start up

Umm Sunray that link is covered in my first post and it really doesn't help much except explain about some things. But the main focus is on the toll BootVis which MS no longer has it up for download. But a download link is provided in my comment.
szonesAuthor Commented:
Thank you Sunray Norton Anti Virus was the problem, thanks first time user of the service and very impressed!


Another possible solution:

Same thing happened to me, i have two computers in my home network.

I had tried everything, including disabling services, bootvis, uninstalling programs and so on.. I noticed that if i unplugged my lan cable, the system would start up immediatly.

Then i found out that i had mounted an network drive to my other computer. When this computer wasnt turned on, windows would only hang, indicating that there is some problem with the timout mecanism in the network drive app.

Unmounted the drive, now windows starts up like it should.
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