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    Slow Bootup ->Repair?

    Will a repair install of XP cure my slow boot up problems?

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    Erm... you really need to post a little more info. It's far more likely that having a look through MSCONFIG will help you trim down the boot time.

    That said - is it a slow boot or a slow login?

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    I have defragged, crap cleaned, virus checked, spyware checked (S&D and ewido), registry optimised, services disabled(workstation, windows update), virtual mem/ paging file adjusted, prefetch cleared etc.

    The laptop (a toshiba sat a50) still boots incredibly slowly, and takes a long time before a program will load. I think time from power switch on to loading firefox 2 is around 7 minutes.

    Will a repair install help at all?

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    Repair wouldn't help much IMHO...

    Download Autoruns:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sys...utilities.mspx

    It will show you everything that is booting at startup.

    Deselect anything you do not need.

    I take it you are comparing the speed now to a fresh build?
    You'd need to rebuild it every 6 months to keep that speed.
    If none of the above worked - Rebuild it.
    I cannot see repair speeding things up at all.

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    how much ram does said lappy have ?

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    double check that your harddrive is running in DMA mode (in device manager), i had a t43 the other day which had 'reset' itself to PIO mode and was operating really really slowly

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    My money's still on junk running that can be disabled by running MSCONFIG. Failing that download HijackThis and posts the log in here for us to take a look at.

    EDIT - also re. the comment on rebuilding every 6 months - fair advice if (like me) you install and uninstall a lot of stuff to test. If nothing has really been installed in those 6 months I would be looking at other issues - my servers certainly don't get rebuilt regularly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Splash View Post
    My money's still on junk running that can be disabled by running MSCONFIG.
    That's the usual culprit.

    Autoruns picks up what MSConfig sees plus A LOT more.
    Try it - StartupCPL picks up more than MSConfig, but Autoruns has all of them.

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    Ram is 1024, but two different types pc266 and 2100, removing either sodimm doesn't make much difference to boot time.

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    I have selected DMA if available, but my primary ide channel is in PIO mode currently.

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    I thought so

    You need to reset this within the registry, first, fire up regedit (start->run-> regedit).

    Then navigate to:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E96A-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

    In there you'll find several more 'directories' like 00001, 00002 etc...

    find the correct one, and where you have:

    MasterIdDataCheckSum REG_DWORD 0x0001f307 (or whatever)

    delete this key (select it then hit 'delete').

    Then reboot, and windows will re-detect the drive and you should go back to Ultra DMA 5, and everything will be fast and smooth again...

    Like i said originally, I had a Thinkpad T43 which was acting slow, simply deleted the registry key, rebooted and everything was fine

    [e!] Here is a screenshot just for clarification:

    Last edited by streetster; 21-11-2006 at 05:50 PM. Reason: added a screenshot.

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    Superb, thanks, i thought my gf was going to kill me, should've seen the evil stares as she waited to check her email.

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    no worries buddy, glad that sorted you out

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