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Hi,

I have a dual boot windows / linux system. But, recently, windows has become very slow to boot up. Once it has booted, the system works fine, as quick as ever. On boot up, it seems to hang for several minutes with just the wallpaper on the screen, then eventually it will complete booting up.

Linux is booting fine. I've run AVG antispy and antivirus, adaware se, spybot etc., but they come up with nothing.

I'd really appreciate some ideas on what the problem could be and how to resolve it.

Thanks in advance,
col
 

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Hi colb


A few things to look at: your Boot log, your Event logs, and look in on your auto-start processes.

[ ... And a little question: do you have a wireless printer, or other wirelessly connected PCs on a home network that this computer belongs to? [Windows can delay quite a while waiting for responses from non-responsive wireless devices].

Boot Log
Something is likely waiting for a response, or simply having a lot of trouble getting started - let's take a look and see what we find.
1) Reboot.
2) As the computer begins to restart, start tapping the F8 key to view the Boot Menu.
3) From the Boot Menu, choose "Enable Boot Logging"
The next time Windows starts, it will create a Boot Log - called NTBTLOG.txt in the [system drive]:\Windows folder.
4) You can view this file yourself, manually, with WordPad or Word, or nearly any word processor (or text editor that can view large files). Or you can employ a third-party BootLog Analyzer, such as BootLogXP - which has a free 30day evaluation version --- http://greatis.com/utilities/bootlogxp/faq.htm --- I don't have much trouble viewing the logs manually, but many folks like to use analyzers, since they do save time. If you use BootLogXP, in fact, you won't have to mess with tapping F8 - you can schedule the logging from within the program.
5) Make a note of the module holding things up, and we'll have a look.

EventViewer -
These logs cover how well things are starting up as well!
1) Click on Start/Control Panel/Performance and Maintenance/Administrative Tools/EventViewer.
2) Several logs are listed: simply select a log, and events will appear in a list in the window-pane to the right.
3) To view the details of an event, right-click the event, and select “Properties”.

Autoruns -
Check on your Startup Processes with the Microsoft/SysInternal's tool Autoruns. --- http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/ProcessesAndThreads/Autoruns.mspx
If Autoruns turns up processes that are unfamiliar to you, you can identify them at the SysInfo.org and AnswersThatWork process-identification pages --- http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php --- http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

Try CCleaner to clean up
If it turns out you've had quite a few programs or devices coming and going over time, and old Registry entries are still hanging around & slowing your Windows Startup, you can try a Registry Cleaner to help with that. I like CCleaner: it's free, it's tiny, and it works --- http://www.download.com/CCleaner/3000-2144_4-10315544.html ---
Run the "Cleaner" functions to clean up temp files & other accumulating unnecessary files. Then run the "Issues" functions to clear up problems in the Registry. Run the "Issues" functions until CCleaner reports "no issues found"

Let's see what turns up.
. . . Gary
 
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