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My PC takes a long time to boot and hard disk activity continues for about 10 mins after the machine appears to have booted. During this time the PC is slow (presumably because of the disk activity). Ideally I would like to do a system recovery but I have lost my Compaq recovery disk and they wont supply a new one. there seems to be a lot of rubbish in the registry and msconfig but I am not game enough to mess with these. Is there any way of getting a recovery disk or is there any software that can relyably clear junk from the system ? The PC is a Evo 1020v Notebook by compaq with XP.
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This previous thread will help>

"How to troubleshoot slow xp boot times":
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_22889015.html
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Another thread with several good suggestions>
"XP slow to start up":
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20926297.html

This link is popular for generally improving the response times of an XP>
"Optimise XP":
http://home.comcast.net/~SupportCD/OptimizeXP.html

An 'old' thread but perhaps still of some value>
"System Boot Up Very Slow":
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Miscellaneous/Q_20917885.html

Finally, with Malware in mind, you could try scanning with Superantispyware:                        
http://www.superantispyware.com/
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You mention msconfig.  Take a look at this next article which describes the System Configuration Utility  (msconfig), it does explain matters clearly.  Used in conjunction with the information in the "Optimise XP" link above it should resolve any doubts.

Then select Start > Run and type MSCONFIG.   From the SCU select the Startup tab.  
Look at the programs that start up, and see which ones you no longer really require.    You can use the links below to decide which 'Task List Programs' to remove.  Uncheck the unwanted items.    Reboot.                      
 http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/

Describe the function of each program:                  
 http://www.answersthatwork.com/            
 http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/Uncheck.htm
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arleesy, if you're still not comfortable using http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_xp.html, there is another method by someone with a totally different view who disables services by typing "services.msc" in the Run box instead(there are usually at least two ways of solving a problem!)>

"Why can't I use msconfig to change my services?":
http://www.blackviper.com/AskBV/XP25.htm
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ccleaner www.ccleaner.com is a good program that can clean your sistem of unwanted files and registry. afterwards you should defreagment your hard drive. a virus/antispyware scan wouldn't hurt either.
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