I run a Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows XP. On starting up the laptop, the boot screen stays on for around 3-5 minutes before the XP screen comes on. I originally found that this was "cured" by going into setup, which was set to boot from the DVD drive. This worked for around 3-4 weeks but the problem has now returned.
Oooh! I seem to have posted my responses to someone else here by accident. I am most apologetic and embarassed.....and off to search for the person who I was supposed to help....doh! Hope you fix your laptop
However, now I've seen what your problem is I could suggest that you do a defrag, it may help....(I found the other thread as well...lol) I was having a lot of web problems at work, and got completely lost when the screens were (or not) coming up....;o)
I have the same problem my XP professional takes about 2 mins to bootup.I have 2 partitions on my PC .One with Windows 98 and the other with Windows XP professional.I thought this might be the problem because I have 2 operating systems on 1x40 GB hard disk.The windows 98 partition boots up a lot faster.I thought XP booted much quicker.The ones in my work do.I have 256 ram and a celeron 700mhz processor.Do I need a faster processor?