I was recently infected with some malware and had posted for help at
but I found that even after removing the malware completely my system startup time didnot improve.
Also I found that disk defragmenter wont work.I get the defragmentation window but when I give "analyze" or "defragment" I get the message "disk message could not start"
So I tried Installing system mechanic and have defragmented with it but still the startup is slow
Also I found that the problem of loading the explorer occurs if I pass through the start up page fast(I mean the welcome screen).In that case the desktop wont start and no processes are started after it
Then to load explorer I have to end the process "explorer" from the task manager and start the new process "explorer"
In either case it takes a long time to load all programs such that I can start any work!!!Many programs are loaded only after the network loads!!!
Only then I am able to open my computer or anything else for that matter
Also following advice by RichieUK I had tried unchecking all startup items from msconfig and tried restarting the system even that didnot improve the startup speeds .
After booting completely the system works just fine.
I dual boot with Vista but vista starts up fast enough
I use Windows XP Professional sp2
I work on Dell Inspiron 1520 laptop
2.2Ghz core 2 duo
2 Gb ram
160 gb 7200 rpm hard disk
and my xp installation directory is 9.6 GB
I will greatly appreciate any help