PC boot-up slowing down

  jz 22:03 02 Jun 2003

My 4-year-old PC running Windows 98 used to boot up quickly, as time went by, the boot-up time increased and now takes a few minutes to boots up.

I've removed lots of programmes I no longer use (including a few downloads, AOL and NTL gearbox) but it hasn't helped much. Defragging hasn't either. I have around 1GByte free on my 6GByte hard disk.

Someone told me that this does tend to happen over time, and the solution is to re-format the hard disk and re-install windows + user programs.

Why do things slow down? Is there a less drastic solution than re-formatting and re-installing?

  Willow12 23:08 02 Jun 2003

You may have a lot of programs trying to start at boot-up, a lot of which probably don't need to.

Click Start, Run, type in msconfig, click OK and then select start-up. You will get a list of everything that starts at boot-up, it is then simply a case of unchecking the boxes that you don't need to be starting straight away.

Hope this helps

  midase 23:14 02 Jun 2003

After a time the system builds up with all manner of junk which doesn't get deleted even after you have so called removed a program. You need to dlete all the temp files along with internet cookies etc. You can use disk clean up in your Accessories - System tools - Disk clean up or use third party sofware like Ultra Win Cleaner. Ultimately you may have to reformat.

  DieSse 23:18 02 Jun 2003

Other things can also slow down the boot-up, such as having too many fonts installed - this can make a big difference.

  jz 00:25 03 Jun 2003

Thanks for all your tips everyone.

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