Is the major part of the delay before or after the Welcome Screen?
fleamailman's suggestions seem daunting because of the Run
box command nature of the actions. What he is describing is basic clean-up and organization of the system. Myself, I prefer a user interface.
Clean-up: Get free ATF Cleaner: http://www.atribune....tent/view/19/2/
Just "save" to your desktop. No install app. Double click to run. First time use
"Select All." After that I suggest not checking cookies or prefetch. Cookies so that you don't have to log-in every time you visit G2G and prefetch to speed up application launch times.
Start>All Programs>Accessories>System Tools gets you to "Disk Defragmenter."
Open it up and left click "C" once to highlight. Then push the "Defragment" button.
If you've never done this, or it's been a long time since, go get lunch.
Checkdisc is a procedure by which Windows examines the hard drive for problems and attempts repair. Open "My Computer," and right click the C:\ drive. Please choose Properties.
Click the Tools
tab, push the Check Now
button, and then check both boxes before selecting Start.
Windows will tell you that it can't do it now because the disc is in use. Want to do it at next boot? Yes. At next boot Windows will start at a black screen with white writing where it tells you about the amazingly slow progress it is making through several steps in checking the disk. When it is done, Windows will boot normally.
Next, please do a scannow
procedure. This link gives a good explanation: http://www.updatexp....cannow-sfc.html
Basically, this is Windows checking itself for problems. Should it find any, it will ask for the XP CD. Insert it and then press Retry
as often as asked. This takes a while too. (Is the cure getting to be worse than the problem? - and still no guarantees)
Couple more things. While primarily designed for shutdown trouble, this utility from Microsoft may help in your case as well, and will do no harm: http://www.microsoft...;displaylang=en
Also, Windows has a built-in process for optimizing the boot files. this is designed to run when the system is at idle. Create this shortcut to make it do it now. Right click the Desktop and select New Shortcut.
Where it says "Type the location..."
please paste: %windir%\system32\Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks
After double clicking it, please leave the computer alone for about 10-15min so that everything can complete.
Of course, I do not know your system specifications. I used to have a .750 processor and only 256gigs of RAM. The best
boot time I ever got was just over 5min.
Please let us know how things are progressing.