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Slow Startup/Slow Shutdown Problems

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When I click the Start button, then Shutdown, it takes ages to actually shutdown. I've timed it and it takes nearly 3 minutes. I know this isn't normal. Starting up is even worse. It takes about 2-3 minutes for the whole desktop to load. It's really frustrating. I tried to disable as much as programs as I can with my startup manager, but that didn't seem to help all that much. I hope there is some kind of way to improve the speed. Also, at the welcome screen, and I click on my account, it takes about 1 minutes to actually get to the desktop. I have no idea what is going on. I would really be grateful if someone could assist me with this matter. :tazz:
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Has this computer been checked for malware?

That is step 1.

Please go to the malware forum in my signature and follow the instructions at the top....Especially the CLICK HERE .

That will give you several steps that will help you clean up 70 percent of all problems by yourself. If at the end of the process you are still having difficulty, then post a hijackthis log in THAT forum.

ALSO, Note the time, reboot the computer

at start up...

start > run

Look under systems and applications for items with red Xs...list them here.
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I had a slow start and shutdown for the last few weeks and have fixed it. The XP boot up where the blue dots move left to right was taking forever. I searched the web for days and found the problem. XP had slowed my disk down to a crawl- see this Microsoft page about it http://www.microsoft...ge/IDE-DMA.mspx

I could not change back to fast speed, but then found this webpage about how to do it. http://www.michna.com/kb/WxDMA.htm

It is easy to check if this is your problem following the steps in the Microsoft link.

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