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Windows XP got slow at startup

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I have a fujitsu laptop with windows xp sp3. it had mcafee and other junk software installed, which i removed. I also went into msconfig and services.msc to disable some unnecessary services.  at some point the laptop started taking a long time to boot up 2-3 minutes.

I can see the splash screen (windows xp), gets to the "welcome" blue screen and then to a plain blue window where it sits for about 2-3 minutes - minimal activity on the HD. Then the HD starts spinning (can actually hear it) and processing startup programs and it eventually loads to the desktop and everything functions normally then.

I've uninstalled the new antivirus, reset all services and msconfig back to it's original config and nothing seems to fix the problem.

any ideas?
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Check the event log.
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Already have. Nothing there
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Is this a password protected account? Trying to narrow down where the blue screen is....

Doesn't sound like this is a domain PC, so the USERENV logging in the below URL might not really help, but procmon logging certainly will... Might be toooooo much info....

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_26666027.html

Another good tool is BootLogXP. Creates very detailed logs of your boot time....

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by:sjklein42
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Does it boot quickly into Safe Mode?
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by:nobus
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run chkdsk on the drive
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by:nobus
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or install soluto, to see what it is doing : http://www.soluto.com/
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yes, boot quickly into safe model. ran chkdsk but no changes. not on domain. and no password enabled.
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try soluto - it will shwo where it takes time
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Here is the link for the other app mentioned earlier....

Boot Log XP
http://www.greatis.com/utilities/bootlogxp/

I would run through it and post the log (if you need to)....
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I encountered a poorly performing Fujitsu hard drive one time within the past 5 years that performed slowly all the time (not just at boot up).  So another approach you could use to this issue which might reveal the cause more quickly AND give you a complete backup of your system would be to image the entire hard drive onto another brand drive.  Of course you need a similar sized hard drive, an external drive adapter and drive imaging software, but these are really great to have on-hand anytime anyhow!

Do a quick Disk Cleanup, image the drive, swap them and see if your issue is resolved.

I wish I could tell you the exact model of hard drive this happened with, but I no longer possess the binder where I was keeping track of that information.
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i am closing this question. no longer have access to laptop. problem didn't go away.
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