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slow boot up after installing recovery cd's

by uman07 / August 23, 2006 12:54 PM PDT

I had a virus that pretty much shut down my HP compaq nc6000 laptop (running Windows XP sp1). I had pcillin virus scan, but it did not fix the problem, so I used my recovery cd's, which took approx 24 hours to install. The laptop seems to operate ok except for the initial boot up. The microsoft screen appears, then it goes to a dark screen and after a couple of minutes (3-4), a long ''barcode'' (what it looks like) appears at the bottom of the screen and after several more minutes(3-5), the Windows XP screen appears and completes the boot. Any assistance would be appreciated!

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Reply to: slow boot up after installing recovery
by caktus / August 23, 2006 3:49 PM PDT

Sounds like it may be trying to re-run or complete the recovery process. You may want to try re-doing the recovery.

Or, you might check out the startup programs in msconfig. The recovery may have configured alot of startup programs you don't want or need. Also, a defrag may configure the placement of startup programs for a more efficient startup.

You might also consider going to MS update and getting SP2.

Hope this stuff is helpful.

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Recovery Cds... 24 hrs ?
by Papa Echo / August 23, 2006 5:01 PM PDT

It should not have taken 24 hours to reinstall the OS using the Recovery Cds. At most, it's 1 hour. Something is not quite right.
What options do you have when using the Recovery Cds ? Full reformat and reinstall ? non-destructive recoery ? Repair recovery ? It looks like the virus infection has not been fully cleared up, or the HD may be defecive.

Suggestion: Try running the Recovery CDs again, making sure, if they are copies(backups) or created from the HD, that they are viruses free.

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Come to think of it...
by caktus / August 23, 2006 9:51 PM PDT

A while back I needed to perform a System Recovery following a virus infection but was unable to. Later realized the RECGAURD (the Recovery partition protection feature) had mysteriously become deselected in msconfig. Appearantly the Recovery files had become corrupt and I had to take it back to Best Buy and have the techs reinstall the OEM's pre-installed XP as it didn't come with an OS CD.

I hope that's not what happened here.

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