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20 minutes to boot up?


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I have a Dell Inspiron 2500 running Windows XP with a Pentium III. It takes so long for me to simply start up the computer and open a file that I have taken to leaving my computer on 24/7 so I won't have to start it up every time. Even after it is already on, it still takes an inordinate amount of time just to open documents or websites. Any ideas?
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Has it done this from the start?

Did you clean install XP or upgrade?
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It has started doing this in the past year, I would say. It originally had XP (not an upgrade). I noticed that I have a lot of processes running in my task manager, but I don't know how to stop them and which ones I shouldn't stop.
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The effect of this will be to clear the prefetch data for programmes no longer installed, windows will take longer if it is looking for programmes which do not exist

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit, click select all, right click any file, click delete, confirm.

The effect of this will be that all the programmes will still be available but the ones which are disabled will only start when you use them, and will take slightly longer to load

Click start then run, type msconfig then press enter, click start up, click disable all, then replace the ticks for the firewall, the anti virus and any anti spyware programmes, click apply and reboot.

See if windows loads any quicker
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I'm about to reboot, but wanted to add that all of my anti-virus and firewall items seem to be under the Services tab rather than the Start-Up tab. There are about 40 or so items under the Services tab. Should those be there?
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At this point yes, there are two basic types listed in services, Microsoft and non Microsoft, reboot and see how it loads
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it is running quite a bit faster now. I am still concerned about the number of processes running (as shown on the Task Manager). Should I be?
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How many?
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That's a good number actually

Is the System idle figure high? (listed at the bottom of processes)
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between 75 and 90 -- sometimes as high as 98

Edited by cbl413, 21 May 2006 - 11:38 PM.

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That's fine

Looking at the list of processes, most probably have System, Local Service or Network Service, those need to stay, at a push you could right click the ones with your name and click end process but at 29 I would imagine most people are desirous of a similar figure and I would leave them as they are

Optionally you can run through this

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

Download, install and run
Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up disc clean up

Run Tune Up registry clean up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, the screen will lose colour during the process which can take a few minutes and then needs a reboot

Those will have cleared the drive of obsolete software errors

These are suggestions for making the most of the free trial

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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I'll try that and see how it goes. Thanks for all of your help.
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Hope it goes well
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