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    Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    Hi

    I've recently started to experience a considerable slowdown in the time it takes to start up. This is while the tray is being populated - battery and Zone Labs show but then there is a delay of 2 to 3 minutes before any other icons show. Windows Task Manager processes shows nothing out of line from what I expect with System Idle Process showing 99% CPU for much of the time. Although I'm not sure, the delays may have started after one of the Windows updates.

    Svchost appears from time to time so my first thought is a problem loading services. Is there a program around that will log this period of start up and let me see if there is a process causing the delay?

    I'm using a fast HP laptop with 1 Gb memory and a new 120 Gb drive (cloned by TrueImage from a smaller one).

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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    David, maybe someone else knows of something, but other than task manager, I don't know of anything else you can do to tell you which of your startup programs is "trying" to load when you see this long delay. It could be any one of your TSRs that may have been updated. Then again, as you said, it COULD be Windows itself. I'm pretty up to date and I haven't noticed any slowdown because of Windows updates.

    I think you may have to take the (possibly) long route by using MSCONFIG or some other utility of your choosing to turn off all startups to see if the problem goes away. If so, it then becomes a trial-and-error process of turning them back on, one at a time, until you hopefully catch the culprit. BTW, Zone Labs did something of an update nature on MY computer this morning and I have no idea what it was, so they could possibly be the culprit. You'll have to play detective to see for sure.

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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    David,
    Microsoft had released a boot performance tool to show but NOT fix slow boot time.
    Get it at BOOTVIS
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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    OK Bob, when I follow your link, where the <img src=/w3timages/censored.gif alt=censored border=0> is the BOOTVIS? The link detail and the page it takes me to are very confusing...

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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    According to Fast Boot / Fast Resume Design, BootVis is no longer available from Microsoft. It's still available for download from many other sites, for example MajorGeeks.

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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    Thanks Hans. When I had trouble with Bob's Link and saw that he wasn't online any longer, I too found BOOTVIS at Major Geeks and tried it out. I'm pretty stupid I guess because even after running it, I'm still in the dark. It didn't give me any report or information I can see and I have no idea what the heck it did, if anything. I was expecting a file or a log of some kind I guess.

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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    Did you set it to trace the next boot, and did you then restart your PC?

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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    Yes to both, but after doing so, I don't see anything to look at.

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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    When I tried it, after Windows restarted BootVis first displayed a message just above the taskbar asking for patience, and when booting was completely finished, it displayed a graphical representation of when each process started, how long it took and how much processor capacity it used. I don't know why it doesn't work for you...

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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    Al,
    Scroll down to near the bottom of the page where it says "download bootvis.exe"?
    Works for me?
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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    Yessir, I did that and it takes me here: WHDC - Windows Hardware Developer Central

    But, like Hans, I got it from MajorGeeks and don't know what to make of it (see above).

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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    Beats me, Al.
    Now I go to the same site as you did.
    Oh well, Major Geeks does work. <img src=/S/confused3.gif border=0 alt=confused3 width=45 height=45>
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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    Something strange there Al. When I click on Bob's link, it takes me exactly to where it's supposed to - certainly nowhere near the link that you posted ??? <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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    Re: Extremely slow startup (XP Pro SP2)

    Ditto for me too Al. Bob's link takes me to a Bootvis download page. <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
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