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Windows XP takes 30 minutes to boot

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Hello,

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.

Tried:

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.

Sincerely,

Andrew (Andy) Soper
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by:aadih
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You could try a repair install, and see if it helps.

How many days ago, did it work better?  Any possibility of a system restore?
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by:ChloesDad
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It could be that the cpu is overheating and the machine is slowing down due to that.

Check that the CPU fan is running and that its not clogged full of dust.
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Once the system is up it runs fast and normally
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by:longboot
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Your system forces me to say I am satisfied when I am not.  It is also vaguely threatening.  I was hoping to work with your experts to find out what is going on here.  Some of the suggestions show that the experts have not read my question.  I said that once the system starts it runs nicely, yet one expert suggests that the CPU is over heating!

I did not expect you to respond during the weekend and I do appreciate your quick response.
Sincerely, Andy
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Your question has been up for less than two hours and you want to quit?
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by:longboot
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Hi,

Its you guys who are telling me you want to close the ticket.You want to close the ticket
Thinking about what the system is doing for 25 minutes I note that the drive activity light is on continuously but I don't hear the drive changing tracks.

Perhaps it is trying to load a file and the disk area is flaky.  It keeps on reading the sector(s) until the check-sum checks out.  Hows that for an idea?

Sincerely,

AndyYou want to close the ticket
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by:longboot
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I tried booting to safe mode.  After the load of text on the screen nothing further happened.  After 30 minutes I gave up.

Sincerely,

Andy
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by:aadih
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System restore need not be used within 24 hours. It can be used for any date for which you have a restore point. The preferred way to system restore is to boot up in safe mode with command prompt and type rstrui.exe to restore to an earlier date.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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'longboot' is you, not us.

Two things.  Autoruns from Sysinternals http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx will give you a better idea of what is loaded at startup and let you stop or delete ones you don't want.  I uncheck all the ones with 'File not found' so they aren't even searched for at startup.  And in your Windows directory, 'ntbtlog.txt' lists everything that happens during startup.  You can delete the current copy or rename it and a new one will be created when you reboot.  You can look there to see if there are known problems.
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by:longboot
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I am not accepting my comment as the solution.  Your system says I accept your solutions.  I can not find how to change that.  I am not blaming you. but so far you have not suggested anything that I can use.  System restore needs to be used within 24 hours I believe?

I have tried to start the system in minimal system (minimal set of drivers - what do they call that mode?) mode and it hangs.

Sincerely,

Andy
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