Slow Windows XP startup due to the workstation service.
Posted on 2004-08-06
** This is a follow up question from one that I thought I've found a solution - but have not
Hi there, I've very recently upgraded a laptop from Windows 2000 to Windows XP.
Everything upgraded well apart from a few drivers - but thats all fixed now.
I've updated everything I could possibly can on Windows Update so the Operating System is fully updated.
BUT the most annoying thing, when I start up Windows, it takes ages to get a network connection. I have a Buffalo Wireless PCMCIA Card, with the latest driver and software. Basically all my programs startup first - virus scanner, pestpatrol etc. and these take up about 80-95% of the CPU, and then the CPU goes all the way back to 1% and I have to wait 3-4 minutes just for the LAN, Wireless LAN computer icons to appear
I've looked in my startup programs and they all seem okay now. I've checked in Event Viewer and theres two problems MatBTPort cannot be found (I think this is Bluetooth but not sure - I've removed the Bluetooth software) and AMLI: ACPI BIOS is attempting to read an illegal port address (got no idea what that is)! But after the 3-4 minutes wait, everything's okay, network connection is okay, internet is okay, its just this sluggish startup I want to get rid of, because I never had it happened when I had Windows 2000 installed.
I've checked my services and between the 3-4 minutes wait, its the Workstation service that says Starting - could it be something wrong with this service? Could I possibly reinstall this service?
When the Workstation service was starting, I've stopped the service and then restarted the computer. The next time it bootup the startup was still slow, and it was the messenger and fax service starting, so I've disbaled them two services.
Restarted the computer again and it was working well and fast but the workstation service does not start anymore and I need this to transfer files through my network.
At the present moment, when I try to start the workstation service, it fails and gives me the error message:
Error 1058: This service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices associated with it.
I use the workstation service to access other computers on the network.
All help is much appreciated.