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Computer takes forever to start up

  1. I got my computer about a year ago from my mom's friend, so it's a used laptop with many things already on it that i do not understand.
    But recently my computer is taking longer and longer to start up each time i boot it. Now it takes about 10-15 minutes to start up.
    I tried running check Disk, i tried to defrag my drives, and i tried deleting every application and software i didn't need. But still i can't get the computer t start up quicker.
    I don't know if it will help but ill post my system specs, and maybe someone will have some idea of what is wrong with my computer.

    OS name- Windows XP Home Edition
    Version- 5.1.2600 service pack 3 build 2600
    system model- HP Pavillion dv2000
    System type- X86-based PC
    Processor- x86 family 6 model 14 stepping 8 GenuineIntel~1596 Mhz
    BIOS version- phoneix F.0B. 7/3/2006
    SMBIOS version- 2.4
    Total physical memory- 1,024 MB
    Available physical memory- 235.79 MB
    Total virtual memory- 2.GB
    Available virtual memory- 1.95 GB
    Graphics chip- Mobile Intel(R) 945GM Express Chipset family
    Total graphics memory-128.0 MB
    RAM/Memory-1014 MB

    I know this is probably more information than needed but if it can help, then why not.
    I hope someone can help.
     
  2. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    First I would see how long it takes to boot into safe mode. Use the F8 key to enter selective start up and choose Safe Mode out of the options.

    Post back with the result.
     
  3. velvetlightning

    velvetlightning TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I never did that before.
    When do i press f8?
    When I'm booting or when I'm about to?
     
  4. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    As soon as the POST screen appears hit the key.
     
  5. velvetlightning

    velvetlightning TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I tried and i still dont understand.
    The only screens that i get is the black "Windows XP" screen and the blue "welcome" screen.
     
  6. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    OK, as soon as you press the power button to turn the PC on start tapping the F8 key, this has to be done before the Windows logo appears. You should then arrive at a screen that gives a few choices. Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to select Safe Mode and hit the Enter key. Then see how long it takes to get to the Desktop screen.
     
  7. velvetlightning

    velvetlightning TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It took about 18-19 minutes.
    It seemed stuck on one line for a while when listing things.
    :/
     
  8. Mark56

    Mark56 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,889

    OK, run through these clean up utilities and see if there is any improvement.

    If there is still no improvement follow this guide.

     

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