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Solved: XP Startup Issues

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by HowdeeDoodee, Dec 21, 2011.

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  1. HowdeeDoodee

    HowdeeDoodee Thread Starter

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    My wife's computer running XP has always run slower than expected. Today I started the computer on selective startup. The categories of processes running are:
    Process System.INI
    Process WIN.INI

    Load system services is NOT running.
    Load Startup Items is NOT running

    Running the computer in selective startup mode has improved startup and operating performance by a tremendous amount.

    Question:
    What services are actually required to run XP?
    What startup items are actually required to run XP?

    Thank you in advance for your reply.
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Since XP is a services-based OS, everything it does is based on services. Services should never be turned off in msconfig but through the services console. There, they can be set to manual so that they will run when needed.

    XP won't run without services, so some of them started regardless of what your settings were. There is no need to shut them off since they use no "resources", though resources has no meaning in a services-based OS. They are unlimited in XP and beyond. They only need to be shut down if you are short on RAM.

    As an experiment, I turned on all services that would stay running and compared to the minimal BlackViper config. There was no noticeable difference in system speed or responsiveness. Services use no CPU if not doing anything. The old idea of things "running in the background" is the Windows 98 people who do not understand the new OS.
     
  3. flavallee

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    Go to Start - Run - MSCONFIG - OK - Services tab.

    Make sure that "Hide all Microsoft services" is NOT checked.

    Make sure that ALL entries are checked.

    Click Apply.

    Go to General tab.

    Make sure that "Load system services" IS checked.

    Click Apply - OK - Restart.

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    Go to Startup tab.

    Which names in the "Startup Item" column are currently checked?

    Make sure to spell them exactly as you see them there.

    If you can't see the entire name of any of them, widen the column.

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  4. HowdeeDoodee

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    Thank you for the replies. No items are checked under the Startup Tab because I unchecked Load Startup Items.
     
  5. flavallee

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    What are the names in the "Startup Item" column that are currently unchecked?

    If one or more of them needs to be checked, we need to confirm which ones they are.

    At the very least, the entry for the antivirus program should be checked.

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  6. HowdeeDoodee

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    Thank you for the reply.

    Here are the unchecked items in the Startup Tab

    ctfmon
    Avgtray
    rundll32
    FTCtrl32
    ctfmon
    hkcmd
    igfxtray
    InCD
    KHALMNPR
    dumprep O-K
    msmsgs
    msnmsgr
    Nerocheck
    Opware SE2
    PCRECSA
    PROMon
    PDVDServ
    SmTray
    jusched
    SUPERAntiSpyware
    xicon
    BelkinWireless USB Utility
    Logitech Set Point
    Microsoft Office
    My Essentials Wireless USB Utility
     
  7. flavallee

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    avgtray needs to be checked.

    A few others may need to be checked as you discover that something you need isn't loading and working.

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  8. HowdeeDoodee

    HowdeeDoodee Thread Starter

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    Thank you for the reply. Machine is running better now. Thanks again.
     
  9. flavallee

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    You're welcome. :)

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