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#1 T-Neck

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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?

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 03:49 PM

Leave registry tools alone. You may make things worse. Read here: http://miekiemoes.blogspot.com/2008/02/reg...weaking_13.html

Since chkdsk momentarily improves computer's performance, you may have some hard drive problem.

Run hard drive diagnostics: http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287 (or http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic28744.html)
Make sure, you select tool, which is appropriate for the brand of your hard drive.
Depending on the program, it'll create bootable floppy, or bootable CD.
If downloaded file is of .iso type, use ImgBurn: http://www.imgburn.com/ to burn .iso file to a CD (select "Write image file to disc" option), and make the CD bootable.

NOTE. If your hard drive is made by Toshiba, unfortunately, you're out of luck, because Toshiba doesn't provide any diagnostic tool.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 05:22 PM

Thanks for the advice, Broni. I downloaded the hard drive diagnostic tools for my Western Digital hard drives and ran the tests yesterday.

My main drive failed the Quick Test, but somehow passed the Extended Test. The repair function worked, but I saw no improvement.
My slave drive failed both the Quick Test and the Extended Test. It said it had an error using the repair function on it.

Western Digital advises replacing any hard drive that doesn't pass both tests, so I plan on getting a new one and reinstalling Windows. I'll also replace the old IDE cables to be on the safe side. Reinstalling everything will be a pain, but at least I get a fresh start.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 05:31 PM

Reinstalling everything will be a pain

I hear you.
I strongly recommend creating hard drive image, first thing, when you get new drive and you install everything.
When you have an image, restoring your computer to some healthy state takes about an hour.
Tools:

Acronis True Image: http://www.acronis.com/ - not free, but the best

Free alternatives:
- Macrium Reflect: http://www.macrium.com/ReflectFree.asp (highly recommended)
- DriveImage XML: http://www.runtime.org/driveimage-xml.htm (tutorial: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/backup-your-computer-with-driveimage-xml/)
- SelfImage: http://www.excelcia.org/modules.php?name=N...icle&sid=21
- Paragon Drive Backup: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/

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