XP takes 14 minutes to boot

Hello I did a pretty good job cleaning and speeding up an old XP machine. The only issue that I can't fix is that when I turn the XP computer on it sit there saying " Windows is starting up" it takes an average of 15 minutes to boot up every time I turn on the computer.

once the computer is up and running is fast and works good. What is holding this computer back from booting up normally ?

can someone pointing me in the correct directions please ?

I am attaching a pic that show what it stops

Thank you
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
How long does it take to boot into Safe Mode?  Safe Mode loads a minimum of drivers and background programs.
Michael FowlerSolutions ConsultantCommented:
Use msconfig to have a look at what is in the startup process


There is a good chance that there is apps in this process which do not need to be there

ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Dave in safe mode is quick.
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ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Michael I have been in msconfig and there is not much...to remove....
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
Dave I agree that there must be something that shouldn't be there or something that is conflicting...but how can I identify the issue and take it out without killing the pc ?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
There is a file in your Windows system directory called ntbtlog.txt that lists the boot errors.  You can delete or rename the current one and then reboot and take a look at it to see if it is trying things that don't exist or just error out.
Jose de Jesus JimenezIT Support / Production ManagerCommented:
Hello Italiabella,

Can you provide what it is you did a pretty good job cleaning up?  Can you also provide information about your system, Type, Brand, model, BIOS ?  I will attempt to help as best I can.

ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
deleting it or rename it is it going ot stop the pc from booting at all ?
 basically it may kill the pc ?
Michael FowlerSolutions ConsultantCommented:
Have you tried running chkdsk and a defrag to ensure the HDD is running optimally
Jose de Jesus JimenezIT Support / Production ManagerCommented:
Hello Italiabella,
Can you provide what it is you did a pretty good job cleaning up?  Can you also provide information about your system, Type, Brand and model?  I will attempt to help as best I can.

•      Msconfig  General  Select the Diagnostic start up
Next Suggestion:
•      BIOS settings – Ensure you take pictures of each one of the settings with a mobile phone as point of reference.
•      Check if you have the latest BIOS version based on your Brand/Model and O.S.
•      Next: - Load Default settings and check Time and Date settings, ensure Hard drive setting is set to what it was to detect the Drive settings.

“Let me know if this resolves your issue”

ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:

deleted temp files
deleted unwanted programs form add / remove programs
removed unwanted programs form startup
run disk defrag
run Symantec antivirus and removed viruses and t4 Trojans
run disk clean up
install available updates
run malware byte
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
it's an e-machine 3gb of memory
running XP Home Edition service pack 3
Michael FowlerSolutions ConsultantCommented:
If Symantec found viruses/trojans then I would rerun the scan in safe mode to ensure these were completely cleaned up. I would also do a scan with SuperAntiSpyware
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
did that, the machine is clean now.i started the pc selecting diagnostic startup and it boots up quickly...what next..? can I leave the pc in diagnostic startup ?
Jose de Jesus JimenezIT Support / Production ManagerCommented:
Hello Italiabella,

Good to hear the Diagnostic setting worked for you, I would not leave it in peace.  Those Viruses raged war against you and it is time for a complete clean up.

Sounds like it was seriously infected and the normal start-up was affected by all of what you described.  A lot of effort has been invested and I suggest the following:
I hope you have the Recovery disk for the next steps:

First Solution:
•      With Original O.S. disk, in BIOS splash screen select to boot from disk
•      Next select repair  then select start-up repair. (This process could take 10 to 30 minutes)

Second Solution:
•      Back-Up all important files, photos ECT. (Back-Up all you do not want to lose)
•      Next restore your PC to manufacture settings.

Upon Restore:
•      Do not install the backed up files until you have the latest Virus definitions downloaded and you scan the files from the back-up source.

I know it is quite a lot of work but believe me it is better this way especially with a serious infestation you have experienced.

Clean start is the best, you will see.  =)

Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
'ntbtlog.txt' is just a log file that gets the log data.  If it's not already there, it is created and filled with the new data.  It will not prevent your computer from booting since the boot process creates it.

This page https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457123.aspx says you have to add '/bootlog' to your 'boot.ini' file to get it to record the boot actions.  Mine looks like this .
[Boot Loader]

[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="XXCLONE: (Cloned Volume) [d:0,p:1] \WINDOWS" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn /bootlog

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ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
I have to format the machine. now I have trouble installing the updates. I installed xp professional can someone give me the direct link for service pack 1 and 2 and 3 if exist service pack 3 for xp please..

thank you
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Links to all of them are here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/service-packs-download#sptabs=xp  They are very large files.  After you install the service packs, you can expect more than 100 more updates.
Michael FowlerSolutions ConsultantCommented:
Remember that SP3 contains all of the updates included in SP1 and SP2 so you do not need to install these.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
That's not true.  You have to have either SP1a or SP2 installed before you can install SP3.  The directions are on the page I linked above.
Michael FowlerSolutions ConsultantCommented:
Sorry, you are correct Dave.
don't forget to delete all partitions on the drive, before installing XP again, to be sure the virus is gone
what i do is :
install OS
install drivers for mobo
then install sp1, 2 and  3
then install applications
then restore your data
ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
ok I put the service pack in the following order 1,2,and 3 and it's working. I am missing only one driver.  it's the video controller (VGAcomplatible) I downloaded the only VGA driver I found on the emachine web site for XP but is not working. Can someone help me finding the right driver please.

emachine T 2958

thank you
if you have  unknown devices in device manager, you can use this procedure to identify them :

1- visit the motherboard manufacturers support site, for downloading drivers
2- use windows update >optional updates to find them

3- Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>System Information.
Now select  "Components" and highlight "Problem Devices".
All hardware devices with a driver problem will be listed here.
Make a note of the first line of the PNP Device ID line of the entry. It will show a Vendor number and a Device number (VENxxxxDEVxxxx) both four digits long.
Look up those numbers here:   http://www.pcidatabase.com/index.php

This will tell you the manufacturer and the chip number.  
Check the manufacturer's website first or google them - or post them here

4- If your LAN is running, you can also use windows update> optional drivers, or  use a driver update software

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ItaliabellaAuthor Commented:
I did it nobus, I am pretty much done with this old and crappy XP machine :)

Thak you everyone ...never again deal with a old xp machine ....
that's just what i love to do - revive old things...
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