Up until recently my PC has started at a reasonable speed. I have few programs loading at start up - Cacheman, NoAds, GoBack, AVG, Sygate and Mailwasher. these used to load in a few seconds once the desktop appeared.
Now the first three icons load and then there is a 30 - 60 second pause and then the other 3 load quickly.
Nothing has changed recently other than MS Critical Updates.
Cacheman wizard has been rerun. No spyware, no viruses or unknown programs running on boot up. Fully Defragged. Also BootVis (although i know read this is withdrawn)
Is there a way of recording what goes on in the start up process?
Is it Boot Log? if i do a boot log what would i be looking for to determine the problem??
You noticed too. It started after the last critical update that I loaded on Tuesday - The Windows XP splash screen and the blue horizontal bars keep going for about a minute and it can take three minutes to get there!
Like you I have several programmes that need to load after I`ve logged on, some of which are network connections but they are noticeably slower this week. I`m not sure if it is XP itself but I would certainly like to know what is going on. It is reminiscent of the old days of win95 and slow processors. I`ve started to go and make the coffee whilst I`m waiting for the log on screen and drinking half of it before I start work.