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Old October 19th, 2009, 08:06 PM
bombaykid bombaykid is offline
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Smile Slow startup 15 min to start

Here is the details:

slow 15 min start up
I have
Dell Dimension 8400
Microsoft Windows XP service pack 3
2 GB of Ram

My computer start time got slow after I updated windows update last week.

I have tried every thing:

Deleted all tmp files
reduced start up programs

I have two printers, one is Epson Stylus C60 plug in to computer at USB port and the other one is Brother 490 which is wireless (Scanner, printer, copy).
Logitech webcam

done a scan with Malwarebytes and/or SUPERAntiSpyware= yes just scan and here is a log from
Ran a scan with HijackThis, then copy-and-paste that new log here.

This is a total time to turn off and turn on computer and open Internet explorer.

It stays on the WELL COME banner for 2 min. before loading the desk top.

I will try the systems restore to night when I will have some time. In past I have spent lots of time with systems restore but never work on this computer. I may load GO BACK from Norton on this computer after all the problem of slow start resolve.

One more thing, I have MAGIC JACK hooked up to this computer, do you think that may be the problem.

I have tried turning on computer without MAGIC JACK but still the start up time is long 8 to 9 min.

Tried booting in Safe Mode
Safe mode does not work at all (tried safe with network also, did not work)
It starts with following:
multi(0)disk(0)Rdisk(0)partition(2)windows\systems 32\drivers

It keep changing through various drivers and finaly freezes. I waited for 10 min but nothing happend so I manually turn of the computer.

Ran chkdsk but could not see the result as it flashes over and gone.

The problem is in loading operating systems:


Only 3 items check in startup

C rogram files/ Nortonsystems works
C:/program files Norton systemswork basic
C:\ windows\systems32\ctfmon.exe

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Old October 20th, 2009, 06:50 PM
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How much Ram do you have, maybe need more?

Sorry did not see it before!!
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Old October 20th, 2009, 11:21 PM
bombaykid bombaykid is offline
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I have 2 GB of RAM
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Old October 21st, 2009, 03:22 AM
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Do a System Restore to a point prior to the Windows Update that slowed things. After reboot, shut down normally, wait a few, then start like normal. Grab a stopwatch & check - still take too long?
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Old October 21st, 2009, 08:25 PM
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Systems restore does not work
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 01:27 AM
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You could try unplugging everything except keyboard, mouse and monitor.
Is it still the same?
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 03:28 AM
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Only the extra thing I plug in to computer is Magic jack, I have tried
un pluging magic jack but there was no change.
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Old November 10th, 2009, 05:40 AM
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If you can get into Safe Mode With A Command Prompt, then try this:

  1. Restart your computer, and then press and hold F8 during the initial startup to start your computer in safe mode with a Command prompt.
  2. Use the arrow keys to select the Safe mode with a Command prompt option.
  3. If you are prompted to select an operating system, use the arrow keys to select the appropriate operating system for your computer, and then press ENTER.
  4. Log on as an administrator or with an account that has administrator credentials.
  5. At the command prompt, type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe, and then press ENTER.
  6. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to restore your computer to a functional state.

If that doesn't work, try removing the update from Add/Remove programs. Do you know if the update included driver updates ? (especially a video driver update)
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Old November 20th, 2009, 01:12 PM
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magic jack will cause an older pc slow start ups but on a newer pc it works fine. I have a magic jack too and it starts right up, 2.7gh and 2g ram
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Old November 21st, 2009, 03:13 AM
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The quickest thing is to reinstall the OS from the recovery disc's. Sounds like some corrupted OS files. Choose the repair option when asked. If you select the "new install" it'll format the drive and erase all your data
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Old November 21st, 2009, 06:54 AM
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I have a few freebies you can search for and try if you like.

r2 Studio's Startup Delayer. Make programs start at whatever time you want them to.

Cleaners that work together to spic and span me.
Ra's PureRa. Another system cleaner.
Ra's JavaRa. Removes old Java installs.

Defraggler. Defrags better than Windows.

Revo Uninstaller, to remove programs and clean them up.

Hope these help. Should clean you up even more and help improve your system a bit.

EDITED to add info.

Last edited by CyberTrek; November 21st, 2009 at 07:24 AM.
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Old December 8th, 2009, 06:50 PM
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Hello bombaykid. You could use these utilities to speed up your machine.
Use the simple symbol system you stop unwanted programs from starting up at boot everything is reversible by reticking the box/boxes.
This is a registry defragger not a cleaner.
This will defrag your disk.
I would also suggest that you use this to remove any temp files/folders.
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