On Reboot XP option screen hangs for a full few minutes before continuing on to load XP. Can't see anything in BIOS to alter the delay. Any ideas? The machine is an HP Pavillion P4 2.9Ghz, 512 RAM running XP Home.
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Does this problem happen whenever you start the computer or only when you restart it ? At what step exactly does the computer hang ?
If it's some kind of menu asking you to choose between several installations of windows then you can either manually edit the timeout=xx line in the boot.ini file or run (start => run) msconfig, go to the boot.ini tab and edit the timeout delay there.
If it happens at each start it's likely to be some driver that's not loading properly (maybe because of some hardware conflict) or some program loaded at startup that has trouble starting.
If it happens when you choose to restart Windows before the computer actually reboots then it's some program running in the background that takes too long to close. Enter the task manager by pressing ctrl+alt+del and monitor your running processes there. Google with the names you'll see to find which programs are running in the background.
There are some changes you can do in the BIOS to gain a few seconds, like setting the boot order to HDD first if it's set to check the CD or floppy drive first, or disabling the LPT port if there's one and you have no LPT printer. But what really makes a computer start faster is preventing unneeded or unwanted programs to start with Windows.
Thanks, I'll give all that a try. The PC hangs on the HP Splash Screen giving me the options: 'Esc=Boot Menu', 'F1=Setup', and 'F10=Sytem Recovery'. Whichever I select it takes a good few minutes to respond - even if I do nothing. This happens with both a cold boot and a reboot. I'll try what you suggested and get back to you.
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