Since the malware issue, the boot-up is VERY slow. My system requires a password to be entered for boot-up. Prior to the malware issue, I'd enter the password at the blue Windows splashscreen and within a second or two, I'd see my wallpaper and task bar and simultaneously hear the Windows start-up theme.
Now, after entering the password, the blue start-up screen remains for almost a minute. After that, the wallpaper appears but there is no task bar or start up theme for at least another minute.
The system seems to be functioning well of other than the slow boot time.
I tried to perform "sfc /scannow." I read that I'd need to have a XP SP3 recovery CD to do this since I have SP3 installed. I followed an online guide and created a slipstreamed XP3 CD with my Dell XP2 reinstallation CD and a downloaded version of SP3. I performed the "sfc /scannow" using the slipstreamed CD and boot-up remains unchanged.
Any help is appreciated.
Edited by TipsyMcStagger, 28 March 2009 - 10:20 PM.