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mozzer11

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I'm having a problem whereby on booting my computer it stays at the 'welcome' screen for about 30 seconds, then shows my desktop wallpaper but no icons or taskbar. It stays like this for about 30 to 45 seconds and there's no hard drive activity during this time. After this my desktop icons and taskbar will show. The computer works fine after this. I've scanned for viruses and malware (found nothing) and run ccleaner and also defragmented my hd but it still happens. Any ideas?

Edited by mozzer11, 03 January 2010 - 06:19 PM.

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Hello mozzer11.... Welcome to GeeksToGo, :) :) :)

I'm sorry to hear about your issue. We will try to help you resolve this as soon as possible.
Please understand we are all volunteers and we are not here all the time. Sometimes it may be a extended amount of time to get back to you. If it has been more then 3 days please shoot me a PM and I will try to get back to you quickly then.

Try booting into Safe Mode Does it take that long to load then? If not you mayhave a driver issue or your Autoruns and Startups are real high.
Let me know what you find out.
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Nope, it doesn't happen in safe mode
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OK then let's start with the most obvious at this point.

Download Autoruns from the link in my signature below:
1: Extract the Autoruns Zip file contents to a folder.
2: Double-click the "Autoruns.exe".
3: Click on the "Everything" tab
4: Remove any entries that mention "File Not Found" by right-clicking the entry and select Delete.
5: Go to File then to Export As or Save in some versions.
6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.
7: Attach to your next reply.



Lets see what you have in your startup

Please click on
Start and then to Run
Type in msconfig and press Enter
Now click on Startups
Then uncheck everything and restart.
If system boots correctly and is running smoothly and faster then we have a startup problem
Try going back into msconfig and check one item and reboot
Keep doing that till you have found the problem or all are finally checked.
Post back with the results
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here's the autoruns.tx

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Autoruns actually look pretty good. Really nothing there that needs to be removed. Before continuing to the enxt steps please let me know how the MSConfig Startup instructions test works for you



Download TFC by OldTimer to your desktop
  • Please double-click TFC.exe to run it. (Note: If you are running on Vista, right-click on the file and choose Run As Administrator).
  • It will close all programs when run, so make sure you have saved all your work before you begin.
  • Click the Start button to begin the process. Depending on how often you clean temp files, execution time should be anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Let it run uninterrupted to completion.
  • Once it's finished it should reboot your machine. If it does not, please manually reboot the machine yourself to ensure a complete clean.


Download Auslogics Defrag from the link in my signature below. Auslogics Defrag in my opinion is better because:
It does a more comprehensive job at Defragging
It will actually show you what it is doing
At the end of working it will show you how much speed you picked up
You can view a online log of the files that Auslogics defragged

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I unticked all and restarted but for some reason zone alarm starts, even though I unticked it. When I go back into msconfig it is ticked again.
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No worry there. Did the icons load faster even though ZoneAlarm was running?
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Nope, no difference
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Go to
Start and then to Run
Type in Chkdsk /r Note the space between k and /
Click Enter ...It will probably ask if you want to do this on the next reboot...click Y
If the window doesn't shutdown on its own then reboot the system manually. On reboot the system will start the chkdsk operation
This one will take longer then chkdsk /f

Note... there are 5 stages...
It may appear to hang at a certain percent for a hour or more or even back up and go over the same area...this is normal...
DO NOT SHUT YOUR COMPUTER DOWN WHILE CHKDSK IS RUNNING OR YOU CAN HAVE SEVERE PROBLEMS
This can take several hours to complete.
When completed it will boot the system back into windows.

Let me know if this fixes the problem
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