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Last wee I wrote the below letter to the author of "99 ways to make your computer blazingly fast." He must be busy, he never replied yet. This problem is not just ongoing, but getting worse. If there is a way to attach a fie I will.

Mr. Kishore,

I am going through the "99 ways to make your computer blazingly fast" found at http://helpdeskgeek....blazingly-fast/ Not only do I appreciate you writing this, but also leaving contact info. I bought this Compaq hardly used off of my cousin in May, it only had 512MB of RAM and was slow. I maxed out the RAM capability to take advantage of the dual core. Only 2GB, but it was the fastest PC I ever owned. Last month or so it doubled in start-up time and last week that doubled.and I don't know why. I always turn off unneeded programs through "msconfig." I turned back on quite a few, ones that I'm not sure of the importance, so it shows up on "Startup Delayer" and I hope you can tell me what's needed. For example; one program is called "HPBoot Optimizer." A screen shot is attached and I've copied and pasted from a Belarc Advisor Report. Please be aware, I'm not technically advanced in computers, but I'm not PC Illiterate either. Thank you for your expertise.

Operating System System Model Windows XP Home Edition Service Pack 3 (build 2600)
Install Language: English (United States)
System Locale: English (United States) Compaq Presario 061 RJ100AA-ABA SR2014HM NA640 0n41411RE101NAOS 00
System Serial Number: CNH6421529
Chassis Serial Number: DM0001
Enclosure Type: Desktop Processor a Main Circuit Board b 1.80 gigahertz AMD Sempron
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Not hyper-threaded Board: ASUSTek Computer INC. NAOS 1.05
Serial Number: MS1C6AS24001591
Bus Clock: 199 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 3.00 06/30/2006 Drives Memory Modules c,d 120.01 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
88.16 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space


Generic USB CF Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 2
Generic USB MS Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 4
Generic USB SD Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 1
Generic USB SM Reader USB Device [Hard drive] -- drive 3
ST3120213AS [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, SMART Status: Healthy 1984 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory

Slot 'A0' has 1024 MB
Slot 'A1' has 1024 MB Local Drive Volumes

c: (NTFS on drive 0) 113.23 GB 87.41 GB free
d: (FAT32 on drive 0) 6.78 GB 751 MB free

Network Drives None detected Users (mouse over user name for details) Printers
local user accounts last logon
Compaq_Owner 8/19/2010 1:01:18 PM (admin)
local system accounts
Administrator never (admin)
Guest never
HelpAssistant never
SUPPORT_388945a0 never
SUPPORT_fddfa904 never

Marks a disabled account; Marks a locked account

Amyuni Document Converter 400 on LPT1:
EPSON NX100 Series on USB002
Lexmark Z2300 Series on USB001
Lexmark Z2300 Series on USB001
Microsoft Shared Fax Driver on SHRFAX:
Microsoft XPS Document Writer on XPSPort:

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Secondary IDE Channel [Controller] (3x)
Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controller (3x) NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE [Display adapter]
DELL 1905FP [Monitor] (19.3"vis, s/n T611656LA857, June 2005) Bus Adapters Multimedia Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller Realtek High Definition Audio Virus Protection [Back to Top] new Group Policies
Norton AntiVirus Version

None discovered

Other Devices
Logitech Driver Interface (2x)
USB Human Interface Device
EPSON NX100/TX100*zeek-i-said 300
Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
Logitech HID-compliant Marble Mouse
NVIDIA Network Bus Enumerator
USB Composite Device
USB Mass Storage Device
USB Printing Support
USB Root Hub (2x)

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Edited by Rorschach112, 23 August 2010 - 05:04 PM.
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I appreciate all the info but lets try to simplify this some. Please do the following and attach the requested log.
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.

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Done did, but before I dekete anything I'd like to know why. Attached is autorun...well, I got this, "Error You aren't permitted to upload this kind of file"
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6: Save AutoRuns.txt file to known location like your Desktop.

My ignorance, sorry

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Anything I show below to be unchecked is not needed to run when the system first starts up. These are programs that run in the background and can slow your system down. In the case of the first one listed below it belongs to Symantec which would something like Norton AV

Open Autoruns, click on "Logon" tab, and UN-check:

+ "ccApp" (This one is not even being found so the program isn't working anyway)
+ "HPBootOp"
+ "NvCplDaemon"
+ "TkBellExe"

When done restart computer and then:

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 did everything you told me to do and more. After I ran the defrag it reported junk files and registry errors and recommended “Boost-speed” I installed this and there is many options, it only wouldn’t fix the registry errors unless I bought it. If it did half of what it said, my problem would be solved. My boot time is still poor. I attached another screen shot of start-up-delayer and sys utl. Something there seems wrong. Also “realtek HD audio” is now in start-up, never was before and I don’t need it. No ‘settings’ show. How do I get rid of it?

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After I ran the defrag it reported junk files and registry errors and recommended “Boost-speed”

I have no ideal where this came from. I know Auslogics has such a program but we never advise anyone to use it.
I don't know what that Startup launcher is but I can bet its part of the problem.
Startup delayer I have never used
Sys utility is msconfig startup.
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...
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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The delayer simply spaces start-up programs so you don’t have 10 going at the same time. I always` run minimal start-ups.
The path for MSCONFIG is C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\binaries and that makes me wonder. I did unchecked it as well as nvpldaemon, C:\WINDOWS\system32, but after rebooting it replicated and checked itself. Maybe ridding the delayer is a good idea. I will do the dskchk/r in the am.
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:) I will check back in the morning for your results. Good luck :)

Edited by rshaffer61, 26 August 2010 - 08:57 AM.

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Sorry, I stayed busy yesterday and had no time to reply. I set up chkdsk /r and set it to run on next boot. When I went to 'turn off' I actually clicked 'restart' and I didn't know it until the am. There was no report. The boot time is a bit swifter from all I did from reading and taking your advice, thank you for te good advice.
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Please redo the chkdsk /r steps and watch it. Does it find anything and fix it?
Then let me know how the system is running from there.
Good jobs with doing the steps.
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I used the boot delay startup that Winpatrol has and I did not like it. It did delay startup of some programs, but also kept me from using the computer till ALL programs were loaded.
So in essence. It was worthless and I removed it.
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Yeah I;m not a fan of those types of programs either. :)
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