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XP Home takes forever to start up


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owen13

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Basic question. Fairly new Gateway laptop running Windows XP Home Service Pack 2. It takes anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes to boot up windows as of a few days ago. It lags on the XP screen with the load bar running back and forth. No new software was installed around the time this began. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks!
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Start > Run > type

compmgmt.msc

Click the + next to Event Viewer

Look in Applications and System for RED Xs that occured at the time during startup.

What are they?
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There are numerous red x's, most of which are W32TIME. Some are disk errors but seem to only occur with a disk in the CD drive.
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That's it? Those are fairly common.

Cable/DSL hookup? Dial up? (could be having a problem getting ip address).

Search for a program called Bootvis on google...download and run it.

From the top menu, choose TRACE, then NEXT BOOT and DRIVER DELAYS. Follow the instructions (which is basically reboot).

Let windows do it's thing. Bootvis will reveal what is taking so long to load...report back
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OK. Finally got to actually see my friend's tablet. Takes longer than it should to even get to log in but even longer to bring up the desktop and allow use. Since it's a tablet, it's XP Tablet if that matters. Anyway, ran BootVis and it reprted +1 disk, +19 drivers, +9 registry. Drivers are the big chunk but I couldn't see specifics with BootVis. Thinking IP is in play because log in uses a university server login. How do you change the username/password for logging in as "this computer"? I went thru control panel/user accounts and reset all passwords but log in doesn't work for this computer. Maybe it's user id. Dunno. Thoughts?
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