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Boot delay in XP

by BillTav / June 20, 2011 6:21 AM PDT

I have a specific delay in my XP bootup. All goes quickly until the wallpaper display - then there is a wait of 2.5 minutes before the desktop icons appear. I suspect the delay may be one of the services - but I have not been able to figure out which is causing the delay. What could be running in that specific interval?
I tried the stndard things - disabling various servicdes and startups. leaning registry, etc. Is there any way I can find out what is runnin duing that period? By the way, hard disk activity is minimal during the delay.


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Event Viewer
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 20, 2011 6:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Boot delay in XP

Check the Event Viewer. Goto Start > Run, type in eventvwr.msc, (for clarity that is EVENTVWR.MSC), and click OK.

In the new window, start investigating the entries under both System and Application. What you are looking for is the 'time' entries, in other words, the time delay between entries. If you see anything that looks like a time delay of 2 to 2.5 minutes, then you have found your culprit, probably the entry below it.

I would hesitate to start doing anything in the registry, A wrong move there can kill an OS dead.


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There's a tool for that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 20, 2011 7:49 AM PDT
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disable unneeded startup services
by BigTsunami / June 20, 2011 1:43 PM PDT
In reply to: Boot delay in XP

And this may help also Happy

Startup Services - Remove/Disable
To disable unneeded startup services for faster XP, use
the "Services" Admin Tool
(Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Services).or RUN services.msc
If you are a single user of a non-networked machine, you can disable the
following items, with no ill effect.
Computer Browser
Fast User Switching
Human Interface Access Devices
Indexing Service (Slows the hard drive down)
Net Logon (unnecessary unless networked on a Domain)
Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
Remote Procedure Call Locator
Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
SSDP Discovery Service ("Universal P'n'P", & leaves TCP Port 5000 wide open)
Telnet (disabled for extra security)
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
Upload Manager
Windows Time
Wireless Zero Configuration (for wireless networks)

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Boot delay
by BillTav / June 20, 2011 10:09 PM PDT

I've already tried many of these, but will continue. The eventvwr idea looks good, and I'll work on that later today.


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Boot delay
by BillTav / June 21, 2011 4:44 AM PDT
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Eventvwr showed two culprits: DCOM and Security.
Disabled DCOM - no effect
Set Security Center - disable automatic updates
result - delay cut to 1.5 minutes instead of 2.5
But Eventvwr still shows Security Center information in use for almost 2 minutes.

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DCOM and Security
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 21, 2011 4:54 AM PDT
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Some components of XP may need DCOM to be running, so be prepared to be required to reset it to automatic in future.

Since Security appears to be taking a long time, head over to the Security app in the Control Panel and see what the settings are. It may be that some security issues are highlighted.

Tell us about your security. What Firewall do you use, and what Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware software?


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DCOM & Security
by BillTav / June 21, 2011 6:24 AM PDT
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I use the Windows firewall, AVG free antivirus, Malwarebytes.
I frankly don't understand what DCOM does for me - but it does not seem to be part of my boot delay problem so I'll put it back. Maybe Microsoft knows best (?????)
Life was easier back in DOS days. Hacking the system was fun.

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Another thought
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 21, 2011 8:05 PM PDT
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Try this Bill.

Open AVG's Control Panel and see if there is an option to "Automatically check for updates". If you find it, disable that for now to test if Boot times improve.

And another thing I thought of. Some anti-virus utilities have an option to "Scan on Bootup". I can't remember if AVG does, but if so, this could be a cause for the delay. If you find such a setting disable that as well.

I think we're in the right area, it is just fine tuning we need.


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What is crypt32.dll?
by BillTav / June 21, 2011 10:30 PM PDT
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My AVG is set for updates daily at 2:00 am, and scan is on command.
The Eventvwr shows time used by crypt32, but during the delay period. Perhaps I don't understand what the Eventvwr really shows. I Googled crypt32.dll and I am confused as to what it does and is it safe to touch it.


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re: What is crypt32.dll?
by Zbynek_AVG AVG Staff / June 21, 2011 11:39 PM PDT
In reply to: What is crypt32.dll?

Hello BillTav,

To allow us analyze your situation please provide us with Msinfo output.

Thank you

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Boot delay - xpsp2res?
by BillTav / June 22, 2011 12:54 AM PDT

The file that seems to be causing delay is xpsp2res.dll, and I see many duplicates in system32\mui folders. The eventvwr list shows the 2 minute bootup delay coincides with that xpsp2res file.
I am a newbie on this forum and I can't figure out how to attach that file.

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re: Boot delay - xpsp2res?
by Zbynek_AVG AVG Staff / June 22, 2011 2:54 PM PDT
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Hello BillTav,

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Boot delay continued
by BillTav / June 23, 2011 10:50 PM PDT
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