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strange problem w/ booting


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cliffnotes: for some reason my computer boots up really slowly. My hard drive is nearly empty, only Xp and a few other small programs installed. Not sure if this is software or hardware problem.


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I left my computer idle for awhile and when i returned, it was on the main boot screen after it checked Cd-Rom drives and was waiting to check Hard Drive. A few minutes later I put my Xp cd in and found out that my harddrive was somehow completely empty. I then deleted partition and created new one and installed xp. Still, my computer has trouble loading (its the screen right before Windows Xp boot screen comes up). Once my computer finally reaches the windows boot screen it runs perfectly. Is there something wrong with my harddrive, motherboard, bios, etc?
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Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and Windows File Protection will show a blue onscreen progress bar throughout the file check, when the file check is complete, reboot the PC

If you do not have an XP CD then you can borrow a same version as was originally installed XP CD, if you downloaded SP2 then you need an SP1 XP CD

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

Windows will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this.

This will take an hour or so before it gets to the desktop.

Download and install Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up Disc Clean Up

Run Tune Up Registry Clean Up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, which will take a few minutes and need a reboot. You should disable the antivirus programme to run this and check it is running after the reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor

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