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Possibly found cause of long boot time


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exparisstevie

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Hi,

Can anyone shed any light on this please. Having had an issue with an old box taking an insane amount of time to boot. I've just come across a weirdness in boot.ini settings in msconfig

My system seems to want to look for a previous version of windows - prior to looking for XP

Is there a quick way to ensure that my system only tries to load xp at boot?


Cheers for any advice in advance guys....


Steve
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Open boot.ini in Notepad, delete all references to the now redundant OS, save the changes. Re-boot.
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Hi and thanks pip22 - seems i'm clutching at straws. will paste what's in the boot.ini file (just to check) but don't think i've found the casue of my 1hr long boots.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


I recently ran checkdisk and it took 3 days. Maxtor burn in test passed and subsequent reformat again took 3 days.

someone suggested maxblast4 but is that gonna be any more effective than powermax was?

Is there anything blindingly obvous that i'm missing? - I'd already had the pc certified clean by spywarewarrior before looking at other issues - but noone seems to be able to find the route cause.

Any ideas?

Cheers for your help


Steve
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