I have a system that is stumping me. It was booting very slowly (by slowly I mean 20-30 minutes on the XP "Welcome" screen) so I tried MSCONFIG. I stopped all startup apps and all services that weren't Windows related and get the same results. Once it finally loads (after 20-30 minutes) the system speed seems normal.
Zone Alarm is among the services and apps I disabled, but it made no difference.
If I boot into Safe Mode I get a message "Limited Virtual Memory: Your system has no paging file or the paging file is too small" with notes on how to alter the size of my paging file. When I attempt to alter the page file I see an additional error stating: "Windows created a temporary paging file on your computer because of a problem that occurred with your paging file configuration when you started your computer."
I have tried setting this to a Custom Size and I have tried "System Managed." Either way I boot and get the same results.
I have tried disk defragmenter and I have run a Check Disk.
I attempted to do a Windows repair, but it will prompt me for the Administrator password. When I enter in the Administrator password, it tells me that it is incorrect. HOWEVER, when I boot into Safe Mode and log into the admin account, I use the same password.
Any suggestions you can offer would be greatly appreciated!