Windows XP (SP2): Slow startup

By TECHinternee ยท 5 replies
Oct 11, 2011
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  1. HI,
    I've been using my system for the last 3 months but recently I've the problem of slow boot up. The system starts normally but shows Welcome screen for 30 seconds and after that it shows desktop and no taskbar or icons for almost 2 minutes. After that it suddenly shows taskbar and icons and doesn't pose any problem. The speed is normal and I am totally satisfied.
    Please advise how to speed up the launching and what is wrong with desktop without taskbar and icons for 2 minutes.
    Thank you!
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

  3. TECHinternee

    TECHinternee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Desktop with no icons and taskbar for 2 minutes!

    Actually I am curious to know why the desktop appears on the screen for 2 minutes without taskbar and icons. Don't you think it's weird and should be considered a problem?
  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Not really, after the desktop shows, all the programs set to start for the logged-in user begin, the icons on the desktop (if any) are retreived and displayed. When you have far too many unnecessary start-up programs and dozens of desktop icons, then you will see what you see. It is even worse if you have an active desktop

    Your symptoms can come from your startup programs, an active desktop setting or from a HDD problem, maybe it is struggling to read certain parts of your HDD. You can run a disk check and a system tidy from built-in procedures in XP (did you know that? If not try your help and system support - there is a front-page performance and maintenance topic)
  5. TECHinternee

    TECHinternee TS Rookie Topic Starter

    HDD scan

    Thanks for your considerate reply! I've now found an option of checking the HDD for errors by running a scan on the startup. Probably it will solve the problem or at least tell me some surface errors on the HDD for replacement. I'll post another comment shortly.
  6. medo997

    medo997 TS Rookie

    try using another copy of the iso file

    it will work

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