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So, I think my hardrive is dying but I am nto sure. Over the past week or so every time I either turn off my computer or restart it it takes about 5 mins to see the welcome screen then another 15 for the backround and then another 20 to see my icon and my windows system to be full operational. I have tried to repairing windows and when I try it sits the "Setup is starting Windows" for about 30 mins or so. Is there anything I can do to help speed this up?
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Click start, all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then from system tools, run disc defragmenter.

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, right click any file then click delete, confirm delete

Click start then run, type sfc /scannow then press enter, you need the XP CD and get a blue progress bar, after the bar goes, reboot.

Click start then run, type chkdsk /f /r then press enter, type Y to confirm for next boot, press enter then reboot.

This will take an hour, it will appear to load normally then either the monitor will show progress or the screen will go blank, do not disturb this.

When it gets to the desktop, the system files and the hard drive will be as they should

If no change, the next thing to do would be a repair install, this will leave all data and settings intact, and repair XP

http://www.geekstogo...ws_XP-t138.html

Beyond this it is likely to be a hardware fault
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Do I have to reboot after everything because if it doesn't work it is gonna take a while to reboot if it doesn't
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Yes, it's better to reboot after cleaning/fixing.

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Rebooting after sfc /scannow is standard because it shows how XP is running after replacing the files

Rebooting to do chkdsk /f /r will take an hour anyway

Hopefully, after running sfc and chkdsk it will be a different PC or you can move on to the repair, then it has to be a different PC in respect of performance, or there is a most likely a hardware fault
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