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Windows XP - Boot Faster??

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Hi guys,

I had a system with the following configuration:

OS Name      Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
System Manufacturer      Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model      M61PME-S2
System Type      X86-based PC
AMD Athlon Dual core processor
Processor      x86 Family 15 Model 67 Stepping 3 AuthenticAMD ~2411 Mhz
Processor      x86 Family 15 Model 67 Stepping 3 AuthenticAMD ~2410 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date      Award Software International, Inc. F2, 3/7/2008
SMBIOS Version      2.4
Windows Directory      C:\WINDOWS
System Directory      C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device      \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Time Zone      India Standard Time
Total Physical Memory      4,096.00 MB -- Kingston 2 x 2 GB 800 MHz
Available Physical Memory      2.52 GB
Total Virtual Memory      2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory      1.96 GB
Page File Space      4.84 GB
Page File      C:\pagefile.sys
HDD - Seagate SATA 160 GB
Sony DVDRW and Asus CDROM attached to IDE port
450W Power supply


I had recently assembled this system myself. The configuration is pretty self explanatory. The system is up and running smooth.

My only concern is the booting time. Apart from MS office 2003(Licensed) and Symantec Antivirus Corporate Edition(Licensed stand alone), there are no other softwares present in the system.From the moment the windows splash screen appears on the screen, it is taking 1 min 20 seconds until i see the complete desktop and all the HDD activity stop.

I think it should be much more faster (probably under less than a minute) and i suspect the antivirus to be the culprit as it may be taking more time.

I had done the following troubleshooting:
1) Disabled many unneeded services.
2) Removed all startup programs through msconfig (only 2 antivirus services are present).
3) Defragmented the drive (though really not necessary).
4) Turned off system restore.
5) Turned off all eye candy except windows xp theme.
6) Disabled windows firewall, automatic updates, security centre.
7) No background running programs except the antivirus.
8) No external devices.
9) Only one internal SATA HDD present.
10) Stand alone PC. Not in a network.
11) No startup sounds and no wallpaper.
12) All drivers are uptodate.
13) Disabled all boot up and memory scans in antivirus.

Can anybody suggest me what are the things i am missing here and what i can do to decrease the bootup time?

Thank you.
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by:Ludger Peters
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there is alot of hardware wise that would increase boot time
but i take it you dont want that

i came across a few help full sites:
http://www.pchell.com/support/how_to_speed_up_windows_boot_time.shtml
http://www.intelliadmin.com/blog/2006/09/why-windows-takes-so-long-to-start-up.html

also here is one usefull program
http://www.r2.com.au/software.php?page=2&show=startdelay
this could speed up the start time alot
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johnb6767 earned 50 total points
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Is your SWAP file System Managed, or Hard coded at 4.84b?

Tried it with ALL usb devices unplugged?

In Folder Options>View>Uncheck Automatically search for network printers and shares.

Any invalid Drive Mappings?

This old app has been retired from MS, but I find it useful everyonce in a while.

|MG| BootVis 1.3.37.0
http://majorgeeks.com/download.php?det=664

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by:nobus
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i think 1 minute 20 sec is a fair time.
if you want less, uninstall norton and test again
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by:Ludger Peters
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if you want to get a faster boot time you are going to have to strip down your windows using nlite
http://lifehacker.com/374376/trim-down-windows-to-the-bare-essentials
this is a very good tutorial

other then this you can upgrade your system and buy a SSD hard drive and also upgrade other parts.
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bootvis has been suggested already.....

Also, this is probably one of the best sites to figure out what services you do and dont need....

www.BlackViper.com: Home Page
http://www.blackviper.com
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by:nobus
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sorry john, overlooked it
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by:johnb6767
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NP. Im sure you owed me one at some point....  

I wish MS supported this still, and did further development. Was not a very widley known tool, but always worked well....
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by:svdkumar
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I had tested the booting time without Norton and it is amazingly 45 seconds. So the culprit is the Symantec Antivirus which is taking time to load. I had checked the settings of Symantec and removed all the boot up scans but is there any way to speed it up?
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by:svdkumar
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bootvis is able to bring down the bootup time to 1 minute 16 seconds with Symantec installed.
sorry missed this in my previous post. Thanks johnb6767. I know this tool but forgot it. This tool helped to some extent.
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you can try uninstalling norton, and using AVG free instead; that should help also :
http://free.avg.com/
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