Posted 21 May 2010 - 11:17 AM
Hello, folks. I'm having an issue with very slow startup and shutdown times. I'm running Windows XP Home SP3.
When Windows XP loads after BIOS, the loading bar takes much longer than usual. The Welcome screen and desktop both take a while to load as well. As an attempt to fix this, I've run Chkdsk with the repair options. It completely fixes the problem and everything loads fast like normal, until I shutdown. When I restart, it goes back to loading slow again. When I try using Chkdsk again, I get the same results - normal speed, until I shutdown.
The system acts like it's loading something when I shut down, and it takes a while to do it. I don't have the ClearPageFileAtShutdown registry key enabled, and I believe I've eliminated any viruses I had. When I attempted to use a registry program (RegCleaner) to clean the registry, I received an error early in the cleaning process and the program crashed. Could this be a registry issue?
Is this something I can fix, or would it be best to reinstall my OS?