I have followed the initial instructions for clean boot safemode.
and run msconfig in safemode as you describe.
I am a bit puzzled though !...
Would it make any difference if you also do this in normal mode.
The reason I ask, is when I was in safemode, I did go into system config
and select "services" and I ticked the box " Hide all microsoft services".
BUT when I restarted in normal mode... and looked in system config,
I found that this was Unticked...
So I dont really understand what difference it makes between selecting
this in safemode ... or normal mode.
I can tick that box in either mode..
SO far on restarting however , it seems to be running better.
BUT I suspect its because other programs are not running that may slow it
If I select half the options shown in system config utility
/ the Services option... and test how the computer performs.
this may be tricky, as sometimes my problems occurr sometimes they are not so obvious.
I may get lucky doing 50% at a time and find the half that is causing the problem..and beable to eliminate half each time to I am left with just a few... and then i may be able to find specifically
what the problem is..
There is a LOT of options... so It will take some time..
I will try and complete this over the next 24 hrs..
Okay we'll try a CLEAN BOOT TROUBLESHOOTING technique XP
First, restart in Safe Mode (tap the f8 key promptly on startup and choose the Safe Mode option from the boot menu).
In Safe Mode –
Run msconfig and select the "Services" tab. Check "Hide Microsoft Services" and then disable the rest. Also uncheck "load startup group" on the general page.
See this link for detailed information:http://support.microsoft.com/default...b;EN-US;310353
Now restart and test the issue at hand
If no problems, run msconfig and recheck half the disabled items on the Services tab. Test again. If the problem recurs, UNcheck half the items you just checked to narrow down the culprit.
If the problem didn't occur, check the other half, so all the Services are enabled -- proceed to do this on the startup tab as well.
Get the idea? You want to isolate the problem to a specific startup if possible.
Note: if you already have items unchecked under msconfig > startups and are in “selective” startup mode – you should note what these are before beginning. They will need to be de-selected again.