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Windows XP slow at logging on/off, shutting down

by woodnwine / January 1, 2010 6:02 AM PST

Hello Forum,

I have a 3 year old PC running a licensed copy of Windows XP Pro, Svc pack 3. The PC has an Intel Core2 CPU, 2.13 GHz, and 1 gig memory. We use the computer at home and have 3 users set up on it. I have licensed copies of Ad-Aware, ESET NOD32 Antivirus, and Spyware. I keep all updated and run them at least once weekly. The programs find very little troubles.

The PC is slower that it used to be. When logging in, it usually takes 1-2 minutes to come up. This is much slower than in the beginning 3 years ago.

Often when I try to log off, it won?t or takes maybe 2 minutes to log off. This is after closing all of the programs. I use Task Manager to see that all users are also logged off and not running any programs. Sometimes I just need to do a cold boot to log off or shut it down. This happens on all users.

I have dabbled in msconfig and tried to disable processes that are not needed at startup. I have uninstalled programs not needed.

I dabbled in dxdiag and checked clock speed and memory. Seems fine.

Are there any suggestions out there that might help the performance? Should it really take all this maintenance to have a little of fun on the PC?

Thanks for any answers.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2010 8:40 AM PST

1. Flip the DMA to PIO and back. How?

Many have to work this one across many posts. I won't do that any longer. Your choice here but if you look and it reports DMA you have to know XP can lie and be PIO under the cover. Getting this done is just 10 seconds here and it's off the list.

2. Look up CCLEANER. Take the defaults and clean up.

My last thought is about network shares. But none are mentioned.

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Windows XP Pro, Service Pack 3 slow booting up, loading
by mfiedl / January 2, 2010 1:50 AM PST
In reply to: ideas.

I have the same issue with my computer, my wife's and a friends computer. All have Windows XP Pro and are very slow booting up, loading programs (especially Outlook and Internet Explorer). I loader CCleaner and it helped some, but everything is still slow. I also tried IOBIT. I have a Dell Dimension 8250 computer. I would rather not do a drive wipe and reload the operating system and programs. I am also considering running AVG. Any suggestions?

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Already supplied 2.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 2, 2010 2:13 AM PST

Did you try them?

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by woodnwine / January 4, 2010 2:29 AM PST
In reply to: Already supplied 2.

Hello all,

I really didn't unerstand the "Flip the DMA to PIO and back". I went to the link read some, but didn't dabble in it.

I did download CCleaner. As suggested I ran with defaults. I ran Cleaner and Registry. It found many issues in both categories. I read alot of the detail and specifics and cleaned them all.

I rebooted for good measure. I did that 2 days ago and my pc seems much better. I won't hold my breath, but it sure made a difference.

Thanks a bunch.


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