Firstly, please tell us what you use to protect the computer from hackers, viruses and spyware.
If I were you I would update your anti-virus and anti-spyware utilities and then run them both, one at a time, in Safe Mode. Instructions for starting in Safe Mode here. Please note scans will take longer in Safe Mode.
Before running them in Safe Mode I would turn off XP's System Restore. Viruses and spyware can hide in the System Restore backup files and cannot be quarantined or deleted by anti-malware applications from there. To turn off System Restore right click your My Computer icon on the Desktop, select Properties, and in the System Restore tab tick the "Disable System Restore" option. Click Apply then OK.
Once you have scanned your system in Safe Mode and deleted everything the scans find, reboot back into normal mode, (just restart the computer from the Start Menu > Turn Off Computer option), then visit the following web sites for online scans;
Housecall at http://housecall.trendmicro.com for an in-depth anti-virus scan, and
Ewido at http://www.ewido.net for an in-depth anti-spyware scan. Delete all they find.
Remember to turn System Restore back on and create a restore point after you have finished cleaning up. (Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore, to create a Restore Point).
If that doesn't speed up startup it is time to look at your running Processes and Services.
Processes: Open the Task Manager by right clicking the Task Bar and selecting Task Manager. Click the Processes tab and see how many processes are running. All systems are different, but anything over 40 Processes may be excessive. Use the web site at http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm to check each one, a laborious process but you learn a lot doing it this way, and see which ones you need, which you don't need, and which are just dangerous.
Services: Goto Start > Run, type in services.msc and click OK. In the Services console check which Services can be disabled or set to manual. Use Google (http://www.google.com), if you need help on any services. To change any, double click the Service entry and change the "Startup type:" entry.
I hope that helps.
Hello, i am a fairly new computer user and i have 2+ minutes bootup time.
I have a windows xp home edition sp2, with 2 Intel Pentium processors?
I've try'd deleting startup programs, and i unleashed dozens of registry cleaners bud that makes no noticeable difference.
This happens when i'm booting up;
- packard bell logo ( few seconds )
- windows loading bar (+-10 seconds)
And after that should the welcome screen appear, bud i get a blue screen with the windows logo and it shows
'windows is being started' ( that takes up to 45 sec or more)
After the welcome screen has appeared it takes several seconds until my desktop appears bud sometimes it takes 30 seconds until my icons appear.
That are my problems so far, i hope that there is somebody out there who can help me, keep in mind that i'm a newby , so keep it simpel (step by step) and understandeble if you give me tips and trics...
I am from the Dutch speaking part of Belgium, if somebody speaks Dutch, thats a bonus, nevertheless i would be happy if someone could help me... ?
Thanks in advance and goodluck ... greets Carlo