Fix Windows® XP® startup
Is your Windows XP computer slow to start up? Learn ways to fix the issue
Windows XP was mainly designed to boot up within a time range of 30 seconds. Slow start up of Windows XP operating system can be a symptom of spyware infection or due to incorrect configuration. The major reasons for the slow startup of Windows XP are corrupted or missing system registries. These registries close relevant information to make all of our applications and programs run in the computer. Some of these programs are already included in the system’s initial startup while others are those that users might have already deleted or uninstalled. The programs that users have uninstalled could cause the slowdown of the computer. There are mainly two problems that can cause slow start up of Windows XP. The first issues are that there could be too many programs and software running at Windows boot. This is a common problem that makes many systems boot up very slow. If the users run too many programs and software at system boot, Windows need to spend some time loading the data of all the program and applications.
The following are some of the tips to fix the start up issue in Windows XP:
- Use registry cleaner
- Perform disk fragmentation
- Delete the temporary files and add more RAM
Use registry cleaner
The Windows XP registry file is one of the main elements that can affect your system's performance with Windows XP operating system. Registry is actually the control center of Windows system. It controls all the activities of your computer including boot-up, shutdown, restart and so on. It can also influence the speed and performance of your system to an extent. This works by removing and deleting unnecessary program data. It will also get rid of all those errors that have accumulated in the Windows XP registry file. When the users create or delete files or install or uninstall software, it adds to your registry. Most types of registry cleaners give a backup feature, which should be used before using any type of registry cleaner software.
Perform disk fragmentation
The users should perform the disk defragmentation from the system tools available in the accessories of the 'Start' menu. It could be a time consuming process and it is advised not to run any applications in the computer including the screen savers, while performing disk defragmentation. Disk defragmentation could help the users in avoiding the slow start up issues with Windows XP operating system.
The users should type %Temp% in the 'Run' dialog box by clicking on 'Start' -> 'Run,' and click on 'OK'. Then the users can see an open folder with many files. Users should also click on the 'Edit' menu and click on 'Select all' and then click on the 'File' menu and select 'Delete.' Users must confirm that the folder which is opened has a "temp" on the top of menu bar and the particular folder indicates that it is a temporary folder. Start up issues can also cause due to lack of RAM in the system. This is one of the most basic reasons for the computer to perform slow because of lack of memory. Adding more RAM would help the users to improve the overall performance of the system.