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December 3, 2009
4:27 PM
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Young Fart
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My PC (XP professional 32-bit) has a REALLY strange problem. It takes approx 1-2 hours to log on. The time it takes to get the the logon screen is fine, but once I try to logon it takes FOREVER for me to be able to use it. This obviously won’t do. I had not just installed any software, and I have already scanned for malware with several different security software. Nothing helps. Any ideas?

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December 3, 2009
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Try using msconfig or something else to look at all the startup programs and services. And disable anything you absolutely don’t need.

December 3, 2009
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I agree what Karen says and only enable those startup items that you want.

Also try using a PC optimization software and a good one to use is Advance System Care from IOBIT. Use “Maintain Computer” and “Diagnose System” for rectifying the errors that it comes up with.

Also try cleaning your C:WINDOWSPrefetch folder.

Thanks.

December 3, 2009
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Thanks.

I’ve tried everything you’ve mentioned except for cleaning the prefetch folder. How do I go about doing that? I doubt I can just delete everything in there.

Thanks for the help so far.

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December 3, 2009
10:01 PM
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Try downloading CCleaner, check everything listed under the “Cleaner” option except for “Wipe Free Space”, and clean your computer. See if that helps (you will be able to clear prefetch using CCleaner amongst other things).

December 3, 2009
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@ Refpeuk: I concur with the others about the msconfig option. I would suggest enabling only the microsoft services first. If it starts ok then, you can start working through the other installed progs to isolate the problem. Good luck!

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December 4, 2009
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Do you mean that your pc KEEPS ON LOADING so that it is deemed unusable? Because I've had this problem on my xp machine before, and it was after several electrical outages at my house. This caused my pc to improperly shut down(like pulling the plug) more times than I would've liked. If bloatware is not your problem, then this might be the case. My pc was back to normal ~3 weeks later and after running check disk for errors several times.

December 4, 2009
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@Ashraf
Thanks, I’ll try that. I thought I had already, but the clean prefetch folder option was not selected.

@Ozzie
Thanks for the idea, but there’s no point. I have a startup manager, and I didn’t change any of my startup programs anytime close to when this started.

@Jyo
I mean that once I enter my password my computer hangs at the screen where it just shows my logon name and picture for about half an hour, and then hangs at the desktop picture (no shortcuts or taskbar; just the picture) for about another half hour – 1 hour. Then the tray eventually loads and I can use it.

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December 4, 2009
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Go into the control panel, administrative tools, event viewer and have a look at what errors you are getting. You may be able to pin point the problem.

December 4, 2009
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@Amnesia
Already tried that and sent the results to one of my tech-savy friends. No dice. Thanks anyway.

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December 5, 2009
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A prefetch cleanup didn’t remove any files from that folder as far as I can tell – am I doing anything wrong? Any more ideas about what might be wrong?

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December 6, 2009
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Does the same thing happen when you boot up in safe mode?

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December 6, 2009
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Try ms bootvis, it will tell you what and how long every thing takes to start. Heres more info.

I used this a few years back. I don't recall using the optimizing function, I think I fixed it manualy.

Another thing to have a look at is your services. Try here.

Default and safe are ok, I wouldn't try the other two.

December 6, 2009
6:36 AM
karen
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Do you have the original install disks? I don’t remember for sure with XP, but I think there is an option to “repair” your installation.

December 6, 2009
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@ozzie
No, safe mode loads at normal speed.

@amnesia
Thanks, I’ll try that.

@karen
Would this repair make me loose my data?

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December 6, 2009
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As far as repair goes, i have done it quite a few times. No it won’t delete your data but it will loose all your windows update. So after repair you have run windows update again.

December 6, 2009
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If safe mode logs in normally, then I would look for problems in the differences between normal and safe mode. For instance, safe mode doesn’t load network drivers and uses a basic video driver. Those are just the differences I know of. Here’s an article which discusses some more differences: http://computer.howstuffworks.com/question575.htm.

My best guess would be that some of your drivers and/or your registry are corrupted in a spot that is used in a normal boot but not in safe boot. I think using the “repair” option on your installation disk would probably correct this problem.

Also, try to eliminate other variables. If you are on a wireless network, try a basic wired connection. Remove all connected devices such as USB hard drives and printers.

Good luck.

December 7, 2009
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Best thing to do with a XP computer is to upgrade to Linux. You will have a modern operating system without the Microsoft hassles. Try a live disk first (run from the CD) to see how it works. Or use wubi-installer.org. to run totally safe in a Windows partition. After you get over your fears and lack of experience, you might just get to like it. LinuxMint is probably the easiest.

December 7, 2009
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Linux is, most of the time, not the best way to solve your PC woes.  After all, most of the time, things Linux users just do w/o asking forums Windows users complain online.  I'm guessing Windows users have about the same rate of horrible dumb operating-system-developer's-fault problems, just Linux users know how to take care of it themselves.

Oh, the site that was :(
December 8, 2009
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@vandamme
Sorry, but linux is not for me. I have tried every single popular distro and it just does not work as well as windows. I’m looking for a solution to a strange problem, that doesn’t mean I want to switch operating systems. Thanks anyway.

I totally agree with Locutus. Unless you have the time to fiddle with linux until it works perfectly for you and you’re too cheap to buy windows, then linux is for you. As for the rest of us humans, let’s stick with an operating system that has stood the test of time.

Don’t get me wrong. Linux is amazing for a free OS, but an operating system is important enough that I would be more than happy to pay for a good one.

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