Slow Start, following a recent windows update download



metalbird
07-10-2005, 12:29 AM
I recently installed the XP Home Edition Service Pack 2. Ever since then I
have been experiencing very slow start-up. It takes about 3-4 minites to boot
up and is impossible to launch any application before its ready.
Any suggestions as to why and how can I sort it out?

Maurice N ~ MVP
07-10-2005, 12:29 AM
Assuming it was a very recent update, you likely need some amount of cleanup, fine-tuning, and just patience.
The system also needs idle time to rebuild the prefetch data.

See "Tidying Up After Installing SP2" by Alex Nichol
http://aumha.org/win5/a/sp2faq.php#after

In addition, turn off all your startup applications, including antivirus, exit your open programs, and do a Disk Defrag.
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Maurice N
MVP Windows - Shell / User

We miss you Alex !
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"metalbird" wrote
>I recently installed the XP Home Edition Service Pack 2. Ever since then I
> have been experiencing very slow start-up. It takes about 3-4 minites to boot
> up and is impossible to launch any application before its ready.
> Any suggestions as to why and how can I sort it out?

T. Waters
07-10-2005, 12:29 AM
metalbird wrote:
> I recently installed the XP Home Edition Service Pack 2. Ever since
> then I have been experiencing very slow start-up. It takes about 3-4
> minites to boot up and is impossible to launch any application before
> its ready.
> Any suggestions as to why and how can I sort it out?

Would you please clarify the following:
1. Did you recently install XP Home with SP2 included?
2. Did you recently install SP2 to a preexisting XP Home installation?

metalbird
07-10-2005, 12:30 AM
Would you please clarify the following:

1. Did you recently install XP Home with SP2 included?
Answer: no
2. Did you recently install SP2 to a preexisting XP Home installation?
Answer yes

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:30 AM
metalbird wrote:

> Would you please clarify the following:
>
> 1. Did you recently install XP Home with SP2 included?
> Answer: no
> 2. Did you recently install SP2 to a preexisting XP Home installation?
> Answer yes
>

How long has it been? It can take several days and 3 or 4 reboots for
it to speed up. First defrag. The boot prefetch will kick in after the
3 rd reboot. It takes several days for the prefetch folder to be
rebuilt. And the in built optimization kicks in every 3 days. After
that defrag again. If the system is still slow after some days try some
clean boot troubleshooting to see what may be hanging up on startup. A
program may need to be uninstalled / reinstalled:

How to troubleshoot by using the System Configuration utility in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=310560

How to perform a clean boot in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=310353

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Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

T. Waters
07-10-2005, 12:31 AM
metalbird wrote:
> Would you please clarify the following:
>
> 1. Did you recently install XP Home with SP2 included?
> Answer: no
> 2. Did you recently install SP2 to a preexisting XP Home installation?
> Answer yes

If the problem does not spontaneously get better as suggested by Rock, take
a look at this article for any insights:
'Tidying Up After Installing SP2'
by Alex Nichol,MVP
http://aumha.org/win5/a/sp2faq.php#after


Slow Start, following a recent windows update download