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Best way to increase startup speed?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by canndy, Feb 18, 2007.

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  1. canndy

    canndy Thread Starter

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    I have a 3.0ghz, 1gb ram, winxp pro. It had been running just fine and started just average speed. But lately when I enter in the username password, it takes 3-4 minutes to load everything.

    The regular programs that load at startup are Zone Alarm, Windows Messengers, NOD32, AVG Anti-Spyware, Sound...

    What is the best way to speed up the startup process?
     
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  3. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    You can edit boot.ini (directly or using msconfig) to display the list of operating systems to boot 0 seconds instead of the default 30 seconds.

    If you have mapped network drives or connections to shares that that are no longer available, that will increase startup time. Delete the mapped drive connections.

    If you have instant messenger accounts that load at logon, they will slow startup especially if the server no longer recognizes your username and/or password.
     
  4. canndy

    canndy Thread Starter

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    What are mapped network drives / connections to shares? How do I delete them? Thanks.
     
  5. Frank4d

    Frank4d Retired Trusted Advisor

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    If you don't know chances are this doesn't apply to you. Anyway, a mapped drive would be (for example) a "G:" drive, which shows up in MyComputer, that is or was mapped to another computer on a network. If that computer is not turned on or is no longer available, your computer will take a long time trying to connect to it before giving up.
     
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    START - RUN - msconfig - Startup tab

    Uncheck un-necessary processes from starting
     
  7. unbidden

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    canndy, as suggested, limiting programs on startup will decrease your boot times. If you want to try a free program that many here use to speed up boot times as well as many other tweaks, try TuneXP 1.5.
     
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