This seams to be after MS updates that it got slower loading. more so after the last one I did. Shut down is not a problem. CPU Centrino single core 1 Gig ram, Its fast enough once its started. also takes an age to get connected after being in sleep mode. Though I am connected to Router
I think its one of the MS updates but do not know the one that as done it. at first boot screen comes up with Wallpaper and icons and task bar are delayed. I Have stopped I think about four Services running but need to look at them Further I also stopped some programs starting at boot in msconfig. but still the slow boot first thing.
If the updates were recent maybe a system restore to a time before you downloaded them.Then if you have to run the updates again run them one at a time and see if you can find the one causing the problem. There have been a few complaints about recent updates. There have been a few very large updates like IE8 and SP3 so maybe getting a bit short of memory. Just noticed that you are connected via a router so I know very little about them and don't know if that could be the problem. Check Task Manager to make sure nothing is using up the CPU.System Idle process should be showing about 97% if nothing is running this is normal. Also check device manager to see if there are any yellow exclamation marks beside any of your drivers.
Assuming you have a PATA drive have you checked in device manager under the advanced settings of the IDE controller, verify your boot drive is running in the correct Ultra DMA mode, if it has reverted to PIO mode then booting can be a bit like watching paint dry
Or if you go "Add or remove programs" and select the "Show updates" tickbox then it'll show the security updates in the program list. You could try uninstalling the last couple, see if it makes any difference.
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