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Windows XP loading really slow

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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
I have a laptop that takes between 3 and 5 minutes to load.  It gets to the spot where it says applying computer setting and stays there for several minutes.  I have run registry tools, AntiVirus tools, bot, spyware, malware tools.  I have run utilities with not improvements.  I am guessing it might be a profile issue, but not sure.  None of the other systems in our small office have this problem.  Many systems have much larger local profiles.  We have increased the ram from 2gb to 4gb thinking it might be a memory issue.  Still no luck.
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Run Hijackthis and post your log. That will give us additional details to troubleshoot this issue.

I would just reload it. If that is not an option then I would check to see what you have starting up. check msconfig. google the enrties and figure out which you want to start. Also have you run CCleaner? Its a nice little tool. I would also make sure it is defragmented.
There are many things that could cause this.

1. Download and run CONTIG from the root of your C drive with the command "contig -q -s c:\*.*"
2. Check your registry under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. in the right side panel, add the letters REM in front of any executable entries you could disable
3. open a command prompt and enter "net use * /d /y" to disconnect any remnant drive mappings
4. Check "My Network Places" and delete any connected shares you no longer need
5. If you are using any static network settings, try a different IP address and remove any static DNS or WINS server entries that may be inaccurate.

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I usually disable webclient service . I have had problems with users roaming profiles loading extremely slow and found out that this service could cause it in some environments. One user had to wait 15mins sometimes to log on although his windows profile was small. Disable it in msconfig or services in administrative tools and check if it helped. You don't need webclient service anyway (it doesn't affect anything important really)
The webclient service is needed for web-based files. For example, if you use online file storage or FTP, this allows you to actually browse the folders in explorer, instead of just providing links. The other computers on the same network don't seem to be affected but hell, give it a shot and see :)

Go into msconfig (start - run - msconfig) and click on the startup tab. Click on "disable all". Go into services. Check the "Hide All Microsoft Services" box, and then click on "disable all". Reboot.  Any change?
If the problem goes away, you will need to go back into msconfig and re-enable startups and services individually until you find the culprit.  Start by re-enabling your av/firewall software...
Photo what if its an MS service hanging? haha sorry just had to play devils advocate for a second. If you do that everything will start up that is necessary for XP to load?
You can temporarily disable all startups and non-microsoft services; XP will still load perfectly well.  You should avoid running for any length of time without any anti-virus software, but you should get a lead on what is slowing your boot time...

If you want to avoid loading all the extra stuff without messing with the configuration files just hold down the SHIFT key while logging in. (Enter password, click OK, and then press and 'hold' the SHIFT key until everything's done loading)
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