For some unknown reason my PC is taking ages to start up, over 5 mins. I have run msconfig and have very few progs running, and hardly any icon on the desktop. It used to open very quickly. Running winXP home, zone alarm and AVG.
Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware List them here and we can tell which you need.
and the services that run in the background. click here
You could try starting in the "diagnostic mode". This should load the basic devices and services required to start up. Go to Start - Run, type msconfig - General tab and click on "Diagnostic Start Up". See if your start up time changes? If it starts as you believe it should, then it may indicate an issue with software/services/drivers/firewall or anti-virus conflicts?
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