XP (SP3) Takes 30 Minutes to boot. If I don't unplug the power before starting it will probably start with no network (ADSL router) First I get the Motherboard splash Screen (20 sec), then the Initial Windows Splash and running pattern (45 sec), then "Windows is Starting up" (10 minutes). Then "Welcome" (no user or password set) for about 15 minutes. Once the Screens come on (dual monitors) it takes another 10 minutes to load things like Perfect Registry. All the while it is booting the drive activity light is permanently on but most of the time I don't hear the drive. Once it is up it is fine. The network is fast and the system is normally responsive. After some hours it sometimes crashes.
defragged the drive.
I checked and the main HD is about 40% full.
msconfig and took out most of the start-up items.
Changed the hard disk interface from I/F #1 to #2.
Ran sfc /scannow and no errors reported.
Ran Malwarebytes and removed what it found.
Ran AVG and it reports no viruses.
I had a problem with adware but a package fixed that.
I had a problem these part few days with static.flipora.com but I think that is now fixed.
Next time I do a power-off reboot I will try with the network disconnected.
I am wary of re-imaging. I would rather have a difficult PC than no PC. I use it for my business. I plan to buy a second machine. Once I do that I will be more adventurous. My work is backed up onto an out-board USB hard disk and also on Drop-Box.
Andrew (Andy) Soper