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Startup Woes

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#1 mintgreenstrat


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Posted 31 August 2007 - 02:14 AM


I have two problems with my computer:

1) Whenever I make a change in msconfig I get an error message that says "Access was Denied when attempting to change a service. You may need to log in as Administrator to Change this."

I am the one and only computer administrato and am a little puzzled by this?

Any Ideas?

2) Upon startup my computer boots to a point then pauses. This is after it has loaded all services but nothing from the Startup tab in msconfig. Then it pauses for exactly 2 min then proceeds to load all the other programs. What is most annoying and weird about this is that I've found that I cannot do any Network related things during this 2 min period. ie. log onto my home wireless network. I suspect that the pause is related to some newtorking issue.

I run Windows XP SP2, Norton 360, Spyware Doctor 5 and they can't seem to fix it.

Please Help!

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 02:54 AM

Have you tried Event Viewer? Instead of msconfig try "services.msc" in your command prompt.

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 05:09 AM

msconfig is a troubleshooting tool, and as such I don't recommend it's use for general tweaking/cleaning of the system. Rather, I'd suggest Mike Lin's StartupCPL (free here: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml ) or Autoruns by SysInternals (free here: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/Autoruns.mspx )

The error message that you're getting is telling you that something needs permission that you already have - so there's a problem here. The most common cause for this is a virus or other malware. I'd suggest trying a couple of free, online scans to ensure that your system is infection free.


The pause, since it's exactly 2 minutes, is likely to be something on the computer looking for something (likely it's looking for a network resource) - and when it can't find it, it times out after 2 minutes. This was a significant problem with earlier versions of XP, so I'd have to ask if you have Service Pack 2 installed?
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Posted 01 September 2007 - 04:57 AM

Thanks Lads.

I'll try the scans and that program.

Cheers, Jake.

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