Slow booting up

  JOHN232 16:11 15 Feb 2008
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My Windows 98 has suddenly started taking an age booting up..........and I mean about 12 mins!!

Any ideas??

  woodchip 16:23 15 Feb 2008

Go to Start\Run type MSCONFIG press enter, Go to startup tab you will see boxes that have ticks in them You can remove the tick for things, I would suggest you write down the ones you remove, As you can put these back later if you find you need them. It does not Remove Programs,it just stops them runing at boot. Do not remove Explorer or task Bar or Anti-Virus or Firewall. Now try startup. As above if you need something to run at start just go back and tick the box

  JOHN232 16:27 15 Feb 2008

Done that.....it's still the same.

  Diemmess 16:27 15 Feb 2008

scanreg /restore .... can be a shortcut to relative health.
It depends on how recently the trouble started.

If < 5 days ago try this.
Boot up while tapping F8 to arrive at a DOS screen.

Choose "Command prompt only"
At the C:> prompt, type- scanreg /restore

You can then select from a list of five dates, one just before the trouble started.
Let the progamme do its stuff and hopefully arrive at a normal windows display.

  User-312386 17:24 15 Feb 2008

Click start>turn off>restart in msdos

When in dos type scanreg/ fix (not the space between / and fix)

When done and all you get is a flashing cursor type exit

Madboy

  User-312386 17:24 15 Feb 2008

Its meant to say "note the space between / and fix"

  JOHN232 17:39 15 Feb 2008

Fault only started this morning.........I've no idea what's caused it.

Have tried the scanreg/restore twice now.....still no difference.

  Diemmess 17:44 15 Feb 2008

Have you left a non bootable CD in the slot.
Or a similar floppy?
Did you "meddle with" or update any software prior to shutting down yesterday?

  JOHN232 17:48 15 Feb 2008

No floppy or cd in the PC, and no I did next to nothing on it yesterday, just visited a couple of web sites that I regularly visit.

  p;3 17:53 15 Feb 2008

plenty of possible ideas to pick through ; what is your antivirus program; how do you connect to the internet;what other protection programs are installed

when did you last run a scan disc or a defragment on it ?

  Diemmess 17:53 15 Feb 2008

Any active USB peripherals you can unplug? or perhaps disconnect every device except the Primary Hard Disk.

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