This may seem obvious for some, but try typing msconfig in the run command. Click on the startup tab in the box and disable any programs that are not necessary. Real audio and Quicktime are notorious for adding programs to startup. Also, you can disable print spoolers and Microsoft Office from running at startup. They will run fine later on. You can also turn off the messenger startup.
Do not disable antivirus
Hope this helps,
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Thanks for the idea. Didn't work. I have windows xp, but even a search fails to turn up the prefetch folder. Maybe some of the audio optimizing I did in the services manager eliminated this entirely?
The 1st reboot will always take longer as Windows has to rebuild the Prefetch. My system takes only about half as long to boot. I had a really full prefetch.
Well, yes, I understand that. My time check was not on the first boot, but at least three times afterwards. My prefetch had 125 items.
My cold start time is 2 minutes and 5 seconds. I don't have any idea how that compares to other similar systems. Shut down is about 30 seconds, which is more important to me than startup, since I shut down when I am ready to go out or to go to bed. Startup is normally while I am making my first coffee, so a little slow is okay.
It depends on how many programs you've used over time. If you use the same few programs, then you won't notice much difference. I've used quite a few programs over the years so my prefetch was quite large. What did you set the prefetch key to in your registry? Mine is set to '2' which only prefetches operating system files. My system takes a little over a minute to load now. I have a P4 2.8 GHz system with 2 GB of RAM using SATA hard drives.