Windows® XP Slow Boot
What are the reasons for slow booting of PC working on Windows® XP operating system?
A computer is an essential partner in our personal, as well as professional life. Computer is a useful tool because it can provide accurate solution very fast. You can buy a computer with all the latest specifications, you will still find your computer getting slower as days go by. This is almost inevitable. But this is also the primary cause for frustration and disappointments. Imagine you are in an important meeting and searching for a presentation only to find out that your computer is not booting up fast enough.
The following points highlight why a computer with Windows® XP can get slow and what steps you can take to resolve this issue:
- Why does Windows® XP boot slow?
- Possible reason for slow booting of Windows® XP
- How can you solve the slow boot problem of Windows® XP?
Why does Windows® XP boot slow?
This is not always obvious. In the beginning, you may find Windows® XP booting up very fast. After some time, you realize, the operating system has gone terribly slow. It does not happen in one day, it is gradual process. The problem is when you find that Windows® XP is taking five minutes to boot instead of standard few seconds or so, you cannot undo everything that you did within all those months to fix it.
Possible reason for slow booting of Windows® XP
There can be a number of reasons for Windows® XP booting slowly. Poorly managed hard drive is one of the common reasons. Installing applications that run during the start-up process is also a reason for longer boot time. Moreover, virus and spyware are some malicious program that may start running in the background and take up important resource. This also slows Windows® XP during boot up. On the other hand, antivirus or firewall software may also slow the operating system during start-up.
You can speed up the booting process of Windows® XP by following one of following procedures and sometimes combining a few of these procedures. You need to defrag your computer on regular basis. You can do that from the “Administrative Task” of the “Control Panel”. De-fragmentation reorganizes the files on the hard drive of your PC in an optimized manner so that Windows® XP can access them fast. Background services may run on your computer and you may not need all of them. You can search for the essential services for Windows® XP and can stop the rest. You can do it by running “msconfig”. You should also scan your computer for viruses and malware.