My PC takes a lot of time to boot

By resignedpig · 4 replies
Mar 6, 2009
  1. well, I can't explain it ver y well... but I formatted this pc 3 times, one of them was because the boot was taking 5 minutes, after I turn it on, a black screen with some white bar to load, it takes about 4 min to load 1/3 and then it auto-completes and finishes the boot normally with the windows XP loading screen and all stuff
    I just wanna know where is the problem, I reckon is the HD, but... dunno, gonna post here the situation
    my HD has two partitions, C: and D:...

    1st format: Windows XP Professional SP2 was on C:, taking 5 mins to load, I can't say when it started, but it was after like 8 months after I bought the pc
    2nd format (on D: ): didn't have any problems with this whie loading screen at all
    3rd format (now, C: again, 1 year and half later:: the problem came back, just as I installed windows xp on C: again :/

    looks like some HD problem... well, would be good if someone could give me some advice on that, thx :)
  2. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Posts: 688   +67

    There can be many causes.

    If you suspect you HDD, you can submit it to a test. Try the Windows own tool first:
    My Computer (Desktop) > Right click on disk > Properties > Tools > Check now (tick repair). You may be told that the disk is in use and the test will be done on reboot.

    You can also use more advanced tools, such as the free HD Tune:

    Till you find the cause, preferably even after, you can reduce start-up time by:
    Uninstall unnecessary programs
    Stop apps from unnecessarily starting on their own with Windows
    De-activate unnecessary Windows services
    Update drivers
    Remove unused fonts
    Clean & repair the registry
    Clean all temporary data (CCleaner)
    Scan for all malware (see TechSpot’s 8 Steps)
  3. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    We can help if you give us more details about your pc other than just the operating system. What are your system specs.
  4. resignedpig

    resignedpig TS Rookie Topic Starter

    PENTIUM 4 2.00 GHz
    Radeon X1650
    55GB HD SATA (I know it suck, lol, that's why I think is that, or the RAM)
    512 RAM DDR1
  5. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,485   +45

    55gb isnt much at all for a hdd space. now is 512mbs of ram for running processes. I suggest taking the steps listed above before you go any further.
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