My computer has always booted up with no problems in about 30 seconds. About 2-3 weeks ago it started taking about 5 minutes to boot. What it will do is POST really fast as normal, then on the black Windows Logo screen it will stall for about 5 minutes with the little scrolly thing moving across about 100 times. Eventually it gets to the login screen and then to Windows. But I am trying to figure out what is causing this so I can reverse it. Here is what I've done so far and some info about my system:
Windows XP SP 2
IE8 not installed
Intel Dual Core
3 gigs of RAM
2Wire DSL Modem
Troubleshooting so far:
-Did system virus scans with Avast (which is running all the time anyway) and Malwarebytes (updated it before scan), no viruses found.
-Checked msconfig for any programs running I didn't need, disabled a couple that snuck in there somehow (quicktime toolbar etc.) but I don't think this was the problem anyway.... rebooted and no change.
-Ran eventvwr.exe to see if there were any errors during bootup that was slowing it down... nothing.
-Rebooted my computer with the network cable unplugged to see if maybe it was some kind of network issue.... didn't notice a change.
-Reviewed my Windows Update and found that it installed some kind of Family pack update to Microsoft .NET framework about the same time these boot problems started. Well, I had only installed the .NET framework to begin with for some program my wife needed, well she doesn't need it anymore, so I decided to uninstall the .NET framework completely.
-After I uninstalled each .NET piece I rebooted, no change in boot time.
-So I figured there were maybe some extra pieces laying around so i downloaded and ran the .NET uninstall cleanup utility found here http://blogs.msdn.com/astebner/pages/8904493.aspx
, it worked successfully. Rebooted, still no change.
-Finally I disabled the black XP logo screen so I could see what drivers it loads so I could see if it takes an unusually long time on one driver to narrow down the problem. (used the /SOS option under BOOT.INI in msconfig) Well, what happened was it loaded all the drivers in 1/2 a second then went to a blue Windows XP screen:
Microsoft ® Windows ® Version 5.18 (Build 2600: Service pack 2)
2 System Processors [3071 MB Memory] Multiprocessor Kernel
...for the rest of the 5 minutes. Giving me no clues.
So I'm stuck here, don't know what else to try. Need some help. I really don't want to reformat and reinstall and if it comes to that, I will just have to live with the 5 minute boot. But if Anyone has any ideas at all or anything I can try, please help me. Thank you!