XP Home Bootup

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  1. bamaman66

    bamaman66 Registered Member

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    I have a laptop with XP Home. It has started taking 5 minutes to bootup from the time I turn it on until the icons appear for me to do anything. I haven't done anything that I know of that could have caused this delay.
     
  2. twl845

    twl845 Registered Member

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    Try doing a chkdisk.
     
  3. Franklin

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    Could it relate to the SP3 update?
     
  4. bamaman66

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    I tried chkdsk and it still takes 5 minutes to open the icons. I have not tried to installXP sp3 so it is not that.
     
  5. bamaman66

    bamaman66 Registered Member

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    I neglected to mention that I did a system restore to correct the problem. It said the restore was successfully completed but when I rebooted the problem was still there. Is this any benefit to anyone in diagnosing the problem? I am waiting a few days before I reload everything. Since the restore didn't work I am not sure if reloading everything will help.
     
  6. Ocky

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    Could try to rebuild the icon cache by deleting the IconCache.db file.
    Use Search to find it and delete it. Reboot and it will be recreated.
    Alternatively use RegSeeker - in the tweaks section click "Rebuild Icon Cache"

    Hope it works for you.
     
  7. bamaman66

    bamaman66 Registered Member

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    I deleted icon cache as you suggested an it did not solve the problem
     
  8. Hairy Coo

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    First step is to find out whats starting up at boot,most likely a lot of uneccessary apps which are only needed on demand and are slowing down boot.

    An easy way to shut these down is to install CC Cleaner-go to Tools-StartUp and RUTHLESSLY delete all unecessary items.

    Also during start up-go to Task Manager-Processes- and find which Process is using the CPU.

    Apart from System Idle,you will probably find one is running constantly-could be for example a scan-when it shouldnt be.

    Rectify by shutting down/changing its settings permanently.
     
  9. bamaman66

    bamaman66 Registered Member

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    I luckily fixed my problem. I uninstalled avast and booted up. All my icons came up within a minute. I had been using a long time with no problem. I don't see why it would be a problem now.
     
  10. Hairy Coo

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    Avast was probably set to scan at startup-reinstall and change scan times-best is on demand
     
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