SP2 - Slow Boot

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Since installing SP2 the other day, I've gone from a boot time of approx. 30 seconds to just short of 2 minutes. Basically, I'd like to know why??

The PC is a stand-alone system and essentially loads 3 things on start-up: Norton Firewall (2004), AVG and an ADSL modem driver. I disabled the warnings that the new Service Centre provides, as I don't use the auto-update feature and have both a firewall and anti-virus program (the Windows firewall is disabled).

I've run a BootVis trace (and optimisation) and the two items taking up the time are Logon + Service (91 secs) and the Shell (93 secs). CPU and disk usage during this particular period of time is negligable, there are no driver delays shown nor any created processes. On a side note, it also claims Disk Write Caching is disabled although I have selected it on in the device manager for the HDD (is there another way to check this?)

Can anyone provide me with details on what my PC is doing during this time, or further software to help diagnose the problem?
 
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I'm having the same experience. Pre SP2 boot time was approximately 60 seconds but now it is 3 minutes plus. :(
 
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Typically, the first couple boots after installing Service Pack 2 is really slow, but then it levels out. How many times have you rebooted since installing the Service Pack??
 
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I have had SP2 for about 2 weeks now and I reboot my machine at least 5 times every day because it never stops crashing. I think it would be safe to say I have booted over 60 times since the install and it has not levelled out. I have even uninstalled a few programs that I wasn't using, all of which were set to start with Windows, so theoretically it should boot up faster, not slower.

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skinnywhiteboy said:
Typically, the first couple boots after installing Service Pack 2 is really slow, but then it levels out. How many times have you rebooted since installing the Service Pack??
I've also rebooted numerous times - at least a dozen since installing SP2. I believe the link Dust Sailor was referring to is support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=884130&product=windowsxpsp2 although I'm not using any of the programs listed. There's also a few more documents on support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=fh;ln;xpsp2swhw for anyone else with general questions.

For some reason, the links don't work correctly when marked as URL so you'll need to copy them and paste them into your browser.
 
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i think it has something to do with prog in 64-bit , and there is also something i ve seen somewhere about the amd 64 ,that you need to make some tweeks .
 
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i have the same problem. nearly all the antiviruses clash with my compputer calusing the longest startup even the AV driver contiinues to run for 5 mins after startup taking up 100% CPU ever since SP2
 

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try setting your a/v to low cpu priority for scans or no scans on boot
 
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it is and it dosent scan at startup. it only happens with the major brands like norton and panda so they must have something in common
 
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