Problem with start up.

By mrtruesdale
Sep 8, 2006
  1. I've been running XP for about a year now and suddenly my startup takes a good couple of minutes to get through. It goes immediately to the desktop but I can't open any programs for about a minute and a half (and the hard drive going crazy during this time)

    I thought maybe using the repair feature on the XP disc would work but it warns me I have a newer version installed so alot of data would be lost.

    What are my options? A clean reinstall and upgrade back up to SP2?

    Any ideas would be much obliged.
  2. NiallW

    NiallW TS Rookie

    Have you checked fragmentation of your hard disk? While I doubt whether this would be the case if it's suddenly slowed down (unless you've done a lot of deleteing and adding of files), it's worth checking.
  3. altheman

    altheman TS Rookie Posts: 425

    Fragmentation is a likely cause, but it could also be spyware. Just to be on the safe side, follow the instructions in this thread, and post a HJT log in the security forum.
  4. tekNerd

    tekNerd TS Rookie Posts: 40

    Fragmentation it is something to look into, indeed.
    On the other hand, what programs you have on your startup? Services? Some scheduled tasks?
    If u don't know already about, go check it out. Very useful stuff in there. (especially Autoruns for starters)

    Peace out!
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