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#1 Jaker


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Posted 27 September 2007 - 10:43 PM

Not sure if this is the appropriate forum for this question.

Is there a way to edit the registry to allow XP home to boot quicker. My laptop always boots really slow.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:12 PM

let's back up a min. b/c Up to 3 min can be normal for a new PC with junk software and some additional things like poor antivirus, viruses themselves, and poorly written programs. Usually a slow pc means too much startup software or a virus.
The real question is, what software is currently installed? Oh and how much RAM do you have. also, you'll want to know if any programs slow the computer down further when in use.

Get back with those things and we'll look at the event viewer for possible issues/causes.

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Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:26 PM

Here's a good place to start:
Slow Computer?, Use this troubleshooting checklist

You can also check this out:
Windows XP Tweak Guide
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Posted 27 September 2007 - 11:32 PM

You can stop some programs from running at startup by removing them from the startup folder in the start menu, in the registry there are some in
These are also listed in msconfig (System Configuuration Utility) Startup tab and are usually third party firewalls, antivirus, or checks for updates to programs like java, real player, quicktime, etc. and good programs like Java will give you the option of having them run or not run. Backing up your registry before hand isn't a bad idea either. I have used the old program bootvis from MS with success also. Although they no longer offer it for download, other sites do. Task Scheduler and COM+ Event System need to be set to automatic in system services for it to work. (Start>Run>services.msc>OK). Do your homework first if you are going to use it. I also got this bit off the web a few years back:

"Manual Instructions - Reboot Windows XP two times, then go to "Start", "Run", Type Rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks. This can take 10-15 minutes to run but no notification will be given when it is finished. You will notice increased Harddrive activity while it is running wait until this stops. When this is finished in the "Run" box Type defrag c: -b. It is not necessary to do again unless something has been added or removed from the boot sequence (Drivers, Startup Applications ect...) "

I haven't tried the later but imagine it would be easier than installing and running bootvis like I did. Either way be patient, google around, and do some reading.


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Posted 28 September 2007 - 09:03 AM

Decreasing boot time is a complicated process and it involves (in part):
1) Adjusting the BIOS for faster booting
2) Trimming the startup programs for faster booting
3) Trimming the services that start automatically for faster booting
4) Assessing your system to find "bottlenecks" that may be delaying your boot (insufficient RAM, slow hard drive, stupid CPU, etc)

For BIOS options, here's a good link: http://www.techarp.com/show.aspx?fileID=18
For startups, you've gotta research each one, and here's a link to our startup database: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/startups/
For services I'd recommend this website: http://www.blackviper.com
For a quick system analysis, I'd suggest this free program: http://www.sisoftware.co.uk/index.html?dir...n=sware_dl_3264

There are plenty of other tips here: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/44690/slow-computer/
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Posted 28 September 2007 - 03:01 PM

BTW, I'm surprised that now one Mentioned Belarc's free download to check hardware and Software on the machine.

The free software provides great detail about your PC via a web based utility. (haven't used it for a while) They've really improved their product and many Corporations now rely on their software for all sorts issues including performance tuning.

Here's the Site:


Click the Free Download at the bottom of the page.

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Posted 28 September 2007 - 03:40 PM

One tool: AutoRuns for Windows v8.73 - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/AutoRuns.mspx


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