Taking ten minutes for windows to come on.

  dolphinaber 16:24 21 Oct 2008

Hi I am using my daughters PC with xp. It is taking about 10 minutes for windows to boot up and everyhing is taking a long time to do. Even typing this is a slow buisness with the words appearing a few seconds after I have typed them.
I have been told it has been defragmated a short time ago.
Just installed Regcure but that hasnt helped.
There is also a window that comes up all the time which we cant get rid of which is `pcts Tray Entry point not found.` Could that have something to do with the problem.
Many thanks for any help.

  rawprawn 16:55 21 Oct 2008

Go to Start>Run? type msconfig and hit Enter. See if you can see an entry relating to pcts Tray Entry point not found and if so untick it. While you are there look at all the boxes which are ticked and untick any not needed click Apply and reboot.
Then download and run CCleaner click here and see if there is any change
Also download and run click here
you could have a lot of nasties on board.

  chub_tor 16:56 21 Oct 2008

For a good basic guide to slow XP start up and how to use msconfig click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:59 21 Oct 2008

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporay files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

c) Clean the registry -- Free Registry cleaners :-
RegscrubVistaXp click here
Regseeker click here
TweakNow RegCleaner 1.3.2 click here
Easycleaner click here ( Use with care, It advises you to back up the registry first, this is a good idea as it cleans rather aggressively. )

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Rght click MY Computer - select propeties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a differnt drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok.
If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at startup -- Start - Run type msconfig - startup tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background. click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:59 21 Oct 2008

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives / IDE Channels:

i) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO.
Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab -
If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at click here to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP or Vista, it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS:
Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage'
From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.'
Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information.
Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd'
To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs'
So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Divers
Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware
This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory
Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  rawprawn 17:05 21 Oct 2008

Spyware Doctor removed your pcts tray problem for another person
click here

  birdface 17:08 21 Oct 2008

RegCure can cause more problems than it solves.Stick to C Cleaner and its free.

  birdface 17:10 21 Oct 2008

Or can you do a System Restore to a time when it was running Okay.

  dolphinaber 09:45 22 Oct 2008

Thank you for your replies. It has taken me about 40 minutes to get from booting to logging on PC Advisor this AM.
Yesterday I did manage to check DMA and that is OK with no PIO in sight!
Hope we can get our money back for Reg Cure!
Will see what else I can find to do from your suggestions but I have to return home Sunday!!
I think it goes back too far to use system restore.
Worse luck.

  laurie53 10:00 22 Oct 2008

Download a programme called WinPatrol

click here

This not only shows all your start up programmes and services, but gives you the options of disabling them, setting them to "Manual Start" or, and this is the one you should use, delaying them from starting for a period set by you (I use two minutes which is enough for me).

By delaying every programme/service in turn you will soon find the one(s) causing the problem.

  rawprawn 10:02 22 Oct 2008

Seems to me the best option for you would be a repair install if you have the XP CD. This would solve all your problems and you would not lose any data except for updates, an hour should do it.
click here
Print off the instructions and follow them carefully.

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