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Slow loading windows and desk top on start up

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Have Dell inspiron 3000, windows pro with SP 3,pentium 4 cpu 2.8 gig,512 ram memory,intel 82865 G graphics controller. Have run disc cleanup, defrag, virus program, malware program and spyware program. don't have to many icons on desktop but still takes about 8 min to load. Help, and any will be greatly appreciated.
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First thing is XP does NOT run well on 512 MB of memory. I run a minimum of a gig of memory on my laptops. Dell is also know for running many programs in the background that you really don't need. I usually add the run command to the start menu and use it to get to the msconfig utility to find out how many programs are running in the background and then disable some of them to see if the computer speeds up. The programs will still run when you open them up , they just don't start running at the computer startup.

Need to add run to the start menu? Here's how.
Right-click on the Start Button and select Properties, click Customize, scroll down and check the Run command check box, click OK, click Apply and OK.

Another nifty program is Mike Lin's startup control applet


It will tell you whats in your registry that is running at the startup. It makes it easy to find if malware might have been installed on your computer.

Last thing is to not treat your laptop as a desktop computer. While some are built as desktop replacements, most are for the using while you are traveling away from home.They are not made to have lots of programs and games on themto use anytime you want.

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