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WIN XP Very Slow at Splash Screen during Startup

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I recently built myself a new computer. Let me give you the components:

-Asus A8N32 SLI Deluxe Motherboard
-2GB Crucial Ballistix RAM
-AMD Athlon X2 4400+ Processor
-Zalman CNPS 9500 Heatsink CPU Cooler
-OS Drive Western Digital Raptor 150GB SATA
-Data Drive Western Digital 400GB SATA
-Plextor 716A DVD/RW
-Liteon DVD-ROM
-Two nVidia 6800 Ultra PCIe graphics cards running in SLI
-PCI Expansion card with 3USB and 2Firewire ports on it
-Floppy Drive / Card Reader 3.5' Drive
-Windows XP Professional

Everything has been running very well. I have only one problem. After I have made any changes to Windows (ie firewall setting changes, install a new program, windows updates) it takes forever for the system to boot.

It posts and gets to the Windows splash screen with the bar on the bottom very fast. But then it sits at that screen for up to three minutes sometimes. Then it just continues to load fine and it runs great.

Please note that I only notice this after I have made changes. And not when I make ANY change. It seems kind of random. However, if I just go to the start menu and restart the computer, it would boot just fine and not spend the extra time at that screen right now. So it does not do this every time. Usually it does not do it unless I have changed something or installed some software or something. But if I just do a restart then it will not do it.

By the way I am not overclocking anything, and I have not overclocked anything on this system. I have the bios at all the defaults, the only things I changed were the boot options as far as the order. I disabled the floppy drive and card reader, and the second hard drive from the boot options thinking that maybe that was hanging it up, but it seems to make no difference. So right now I have everything disabled excpet my plextor DVD drive and the main hard drive for the boot sequence. It is set to look at the optical drive first, then move on to the hard drive. But changing this around did not seem to help either. It is after the windows splash screen loads.

Anybody have any ideas at all? Thanks so much!

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