Hello. This is my first post so here it goes. The other day I reformatted my computer just so I could start fresh and also so I could put a partition for my music, pics, and other downloads. I have XP Home. Well, when I did this, now I have a long pause on startup. It will sit at the desktop with no task bar. But I can CTRL-ALT-DEL to bring up my task manager and the mouse works. It is like its hanging up on explorer. I have tried disabling all my startup items. It will still sit for about a minute. Then everything will eventually come up. And it wasn't right away. It was after I was reinstalling all my programs. After I reinstalled a few of them, I would restart if it asked. It booted up fine for a while. But then it started hanging up and I don't remember which software I was on when it did this.
Is there a step by step way of loading Windows to find what program is actually hanging up?
Also I ran Spybot and Ad-Aware and they found nothing but a couple harmless cookies. I have not tried running through the list of items on the how-to-removal. I thought I would post this first.
Oh and here are my specs
P4 Prescott 2.8 GHZ
1 gig PC3200 RAM
80 G HD (30/50 partition)
Windows XP Home
AVG Free Virus
Zone Alarm Firewall
(Did I miss anything?)
Thanks for any help. Other than the startup, the machine runs much better after the format. It was sluggish due to much downloaded crap.
OOPS! I just realized this is in the wrong forum. I meant to put this in the Windows XP section.
Edited by gtrman79, 14 December 2006 - 06:16 PM.