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windows media center edition (win xp pro)

How can I find and eliminate processes and programs that are keeping my system from booting up and loading any profile quickly, and keeping my system sluggish once finally loaded?
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I have this issue in all profiles, even administrator... btw, I already removed and reinstated a fresh new one for me
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What is this computer being used for?  Is it part of a domain?  Does it automatically re-connect mapped drives or other devices that take time at boot up?
It is for home. It is a family "everything" computer. It is not connected to anything in particular until I figure out how to get some life into it. It is a 7 year old HP media center PC with 3+ GB of RAM (XP does not read the full 4). Using the Built in Wifi card it came with. 300 GB Hard drive, 2 partitions: windows and storage.
The "autoruns.exe from microsoft sysinternals" seems quite extensive. Has way too much information.
The autorunsc.exe gave me a Logitech interface crash the first time. Second time nothing happened.
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I also found that my MBR is not working properly. I tried to use ERD Commander to remove some left over inaccessible program files and when booting it couldn't find a windows installation. So, this has spiraled into a Partitioning issue. I had 3 partitions (C-Q-Z). I removed everything from Q, and would like to add it back to Z for better performance and to fix the MBR issue, which I'm sure is the root of all my problems.
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I don't have the original HP Pavilion Media Center Windows disks
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I have lost my i386 folder over the years... I'm sure it was during those times when I was moving around the profiles and the partitions.
Original issue is unresolved. However, new light has been shed on further progress remaining thanks to the expert comments.
you can use the i386 folder from any xp installation ...
it looks like this (see picture). Should I deflate and place back to "C:\" ?User generated image
that looks like it is only part of the i386
here a part of the i386 folder on cd :
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Do I need to buy a Win XP SP3 disk to restore system?
nevermind on that last question