XP Boot Time

Posted on 2009-02-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
It takes 1 minute and 5 seconds for my XP PRO SP2 to boot to the Welcome Screen.
It takes 45 seconds for the startup, security, and motherboard support utilities to fully boot into Windows and the boot up drive to stop access.
Is this a usual boot up time for a desktop computer running with an Intel Penitium D and an Intel 945P chip set?  The system has 256 MB DDR and 2 GB of RAM running at 3.01 GHZ.  I have Windows update patch system turned off


Question by:Howie_Lynn
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    With the amount of RAM in this system I'd say yes....if yo go to service pack 3 it will be even slower. I'd bump the RAM up to at least 512mb or as mich as you can afford.
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    by:John Hurst
    To add to the above comment, SP2 will not function properly on less than 512Mb (works, but too slow to be useful), and now SP3 really needs 1Gb. I had it running (prior to my Vista box) in 768Mb in my Laptop, and found it to be very slow. I upgraded my Desktop (still on XP) to 2Gb and it became much snappier. .... T
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    He already has 2GB ram, the 256MB DDR is the video card.
    The boot time is typical, it will be influenced most by the number of programs that are starting up, how big the file system, what kind of antivirus scanning at start up, network connections/mapped drives, etc.

    The only thing that would likely increase boot speed if you already have minimal programs starting up is to get a hard drive with a faster rotation speed or more hard drive cache ram.
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    by:John Hurst
    My error on reading the post too quickly. Thanks. .... T
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    Defragmenting will likely help too, especially If you have ever filled your hard drive most of the way full.

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