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Hi Everyone!

I have recently loaded several items on my computer - logitech cam, a game for my son, etc. My computer is now SLUGGISH all over the place - not just at start up. I run Reg Cure and Activescan as well as have Norton but it's slow.

So I went to run --> msconfig and on startup, I unchecked AOl and a few others I had "looked up" on some website as not being necessary to start up.

When I restarted, I got an error that it was starting in safe mode. I accidentally checked "don't show me this again" and exited. I wasn't paying attention.

How can I make sure stuff doesn't load automatically like AOL, Skype, my webcam, etc? Sometimes I get resource messages so I know it's gobbling it up. Half the stuff I don't recognize.

Thanks so much!
Tiff :)
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First of all, never use any registry tools, like RegCure.
They won't speed up your computer, but they can easily screw it up.

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")

Download Autoruns for Windows: http://technet.micro...s/bb963902.aspx
No installation required.
Simply unzip Autoruns.zip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.
Go File>Export As, and save AutoRuns.txt file to know location.
Attach the file to your next reply.
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Hi Broni!

Thanks for your help in this mess. I don’t know if this helps, but the only things I know I use are Camtasia, CuteFTP, my webcam, Skype, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Free Realms (my son), FlipShare, PBS Kids Play, SnagIt, Web Audio Plus and AOL – but NONE of it needs to run when I start up.

Now for the info you asked for (and attaching the AutoRuns.txt file too):

Microsoft Windows XP
Media Center Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 3

Hewlett-Packard Company
HP Pavilion
Intel ®
Pentium ® D CPU 3.00 GHz
2.40 GHz, 1.00 GB of Ram

Free space: 169 GB
Used space: 54.2 GB

Thanks again!
Tiff :)

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When I restarted, I got an error that it was starting in safe mode

. I believe the warning message you got was to the effect of "starting in diagnostic mode". That is a warning because you stopped a few programs from starting. You will get that everytime you uncheck a program from starting up. It is proper to "do not show this again".

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123runner is right.

Your computer specs look fine.

You have some unnecessary startups. We can disable those.
Open Autoruns, click on Logon tab, and uncheck following items:
- Alcmtr (additionally, delete ALCMTR.EXE file from C:\Windows)
- DMAScheduler
- DNS7reminder
- HP Software Update
- HPBootOp
- igfxpers
- ISUSPM Startup
- ISUSScheduler
- iTunesHelper
- NvCplDaemon
- nwiz
- SSBkgdUpdate
- SunJavaUpdateSched
- Extender Resource Monitor.lnk
- Logitech Desktop Messenger.lnk
- Microsoft Office.lnk
- Updates From HP.lnk

I also recommend, you unistall Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a resource hog, and install FoxIt Reader: http://www.filehippo...download_foxit/, which is much smaller, and faster. It does very same thing.

Restart computer.

Download Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
Double click on TFC.exe to run the program.
Click on Start button to begin cleaning process.
TFC will close all running programs, and it may ask you to restart computer.
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Hi Broni!

Thanks for the help. When the system restarts it gives me this message on a black and white screen for a split second and then goes on to Windows. It says: "Please select the operating system to start:" and then it has two choices but it's gone so fast I can't even see what they say - it's defaulted to the top one.

Is this normal? It used to not do this. It does not, however show me the message I mentioned before once I get to the Windows screen (the one that I checked do not show me again).

I did undo Acrobat, install Foxlt, and got rid of regcure too - thanks!
Tiff :)
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When the system restarts it gives me this message on a black and white screen for a split second and then goes on to Windows. It says: "Please select the operating system to start:" and then it has two choices but it's gone so fast I can't even see what they say - it's defaulted to the top one.

Many computer will give you split second choice between booting into Windows (normally), and Recovery Console (troubleshooting).
We can take a look what's there.

Click Start, click Run, type sysdm.cpl, and then click OK.
On the Advanced tab, click Settings under Startup and Recovery.
Under System Startup, click Edit. This will open boot.ini file in Notepad.
Copy all content, and post it in your next reply.
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I'm in awe of you lol

[boot loader]
timeout=3
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons
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It looks perfectly fine.
Having Recovery Console installed is very good from troubleshooting point of view.
In fact, every computer should have it installed. We'd have less problem with fixing computers.

How is your computer doing?
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Running mahvelously dahlin thank you! I sent you a message - I can't find the old donate button? How do I
do that now?

MUCH thanks to you!
tiff :)
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You're very welcome :)
I sent you more info in my PM.
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