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slow XP startup 0% CPU usage no processes running

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Hi, I'm having some trouble lately when starting up my computer. Everything will load correctly up to my homescreen but then if I try to open any program, ex: outlook, nothing happens, I have to wait for about a minute before it starts loading and working. If I open it inmediately when the screen appears, then it opens up but freezes, again for about a minute.

I open task manager and during this time it shows no processes running, system idle is at 99% and CPU usage is at 0%. Then suddenly at about the minute mark, a bunch of processes start running (svchost.exe, ccsvchst.exe, etc) and in no time (less than 5 seconds) the computer runs properly.

I have a dual boot with Ubuntu 10.04 but the problem appeared way before that.
System info:
Athlon 7750 processor, 2.71GHz, 2.93GB available RAM, XP 2002 with SP3

Startup has been reduced to the most basic programs and functions.

Any ideas to solve this issue?

Edited by cletero, 25 December 2012 - 05:21 PM.

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Please provide information about your computer, this includes is it a notebook or desktop, is it a custom build or brand name such as Dell or HP, if it is provide the model name or series number (not serial) providing these details will enable us to better assist you.

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