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Start-up problems Windows XP


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shanem

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Hi All

Hopefully I have the right forum if not I apologise.

If I click on any program at start-up (ie. Firefox, Chrome, CCleaner etc...)it will keep opening the program over and over again till the memory is full.

The only way I have found to combat this is by opening the task manager at start-up and stopping a process.

Would anyone have any clue as to what is causing this problem?

PC is running XP 32bit
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What do you mean by "at startup"?

Does this only occur if you do it while the computer is still booting? More info please.
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Thanks for the reply

When the PC has booted and everything has loaded up that's when the problem occurs, if I click on any program it will just keep opening up multiple times.

Sorry about that just not very good at explaining these things.
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How does it behave if you boot to Safe Mode with Networking? If better then something is starting at boot that is causing the problem.

Advanced startup options - XP
Advanced startup options - Vista
Advanced startup options - Windows 7

Use msconfig to determine what is causing the problem

These are good tutorials on using msconfig in XP, Vista or Windows 7:
How to use msconfig in Windows XP
How to use msconfig in Windows Vista
How to use msconfig in Windows 7 and Windows 8

Click on Start then Run, type msconfig and press Enter.
Click on the Startup tab (for Windows 8, the Startup tab has a link to open Task Manager/Startup tab. Use that.), record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Reboot and see if it runs better.
If yes then use msconfig to enable several items at a time till you find the culprit.

If no, start msconfig and click on the Services tab.
Check the Hide All Microsoft Services box, record what is currently starting then click the Disable All button.
Again, do a regular boot, see if it runs normal.
If yes then use msconfig to enable services till you find the culprit.

Once you've found the culprit, uninstall it or find out how to eliminate it from your system. Simply disabling it in msconfig is a temporary fix at best.
Enable everything else you disabled.
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