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What causes a very, very slow computer startup?

Once the computer is started up, the computer works perfectly. But if it is completely shut down it can take as long as 20 minutes to start up.

What can I do to fix this?

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10 Responses to “What causes a very, very slow computer startup?”

  1. judy06 said:

    You have a lot of jurks ( icons) down the bar right next to the time on your computer desktop. Programe, startup, clean up some programe you don’t use often there. It will help the computer start up faster.

  2. clcalifornia said:

    Do you routienly get rid of cookies and temp files? Do you defrag?

    Also, it might be possible that you have too many programs that start up when you turn the computer.

  3. S. Ajmal said:

    The Startup programmes make is slow. Delete the programmes from the startup. I hope it will work well.

  4. useless said:

    You probably have too many things starting up when you turn it on, click on start, click on run, and type in msconfig, then click ok, then go to start up, disable things that you do not need at start up, like nero, adobe reader, your printer, just the stuff you know, leave the microsoft stuff alone, things that you disable you can start up when you want them by clicking the short cut or just going into All programs and starting them there. click ok at the bottom when done. when you click ok it will want to restart, let it, a box will appear after it starts, just click do not show again.
    I hope you have xp, because this how you do it for xp, not sure about vista though.

  5. crazy.boar said:

    startup objects/programs slows down computer specially at startup… hmm, try to download any of the following applications on the web.. just download it..
    anyway, try to type ‘how to disabled startup objects’ on ur google browser… or try to download windows care.. ^____^V

  6. Spartacus! said:

    This could be several things.
    1) low disk space.
    Solutions –
    a) run disk cleanup (if this is a Windows PC).
    b) archive data (your files) to removable media (external hard drive, recordable CDs, etc.)
    c) uninstall unneeded programs
    2) too many items loading at startup
    Solutions – (Windows)
    a) Go to Start, Programs (or All Programs), Startup, then delete shortcuts to programs you don’t need in the Startup folder.
    b) disable services you don’t need running, depending on how you’re using the computer.
    Go to Start, Settings/Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services.
    If you’re using this as a standalone computer for yourself, you can disable:
    Computer Browser service (maintains list of other computers on network – if you’re standalone, there’s no list to maintain.)
    Fast User Switching (you’re the only user – you don’t need to switch)
    Remote Registry service (allows remote users to edit your registry – you can always enable temporarily if you’re calling remote support)
    Terminal Services (another feature for multiple users and remote users)
    and potentially several other services. See for guides. Try a few at a time, then test your system to make sure all standard functions work.)
    c) disable items loading at startup in the Registry that you don’t need.
    c1) go to Start, Run, type in “regedit”, click ok.
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    c3) review items listed in the startup group – items such as quicktime, adobe reader, itunes, AOL, Microsoft Office, Open Office do NOT need to be launching at startup. Those keys can be deleted. Other items you should research first to see what then do – they may be essential items such as antivirus or other security programs, or they may be utilities such as video control panels, or they may be spyware or other forms of malware. In the last case, update your security software, scan for malware, and remove items completely.

  7. xclaesx said:

    Too many applications that are running, you need to uninstall the programs that you do not use. And be sure you delete junks like cookies and temp internet files.

  8. magoo&me said:

    Just about every new piece of software will install itself into your computers’ start-up tray unless you explicitly tell the installer not to do so when prompted. The more programs that you have in the start-up group, the longer it takes for your computer to load up all those programs into the computers (RAM). All programs need sufficient RAM to run properly. If the programs in the start-up group are loaded but not being used, then there is less RAM for the program that you want to use. The application you want to use may respond sluggishly and slowly as it competes for more RAM with the other programs already loaded up. Closing down the applications that you are not using should release more RAM for the application you want to use, however some software may not do this properly and your computer may stop responding altogether. To find out which programs are running in your start-up tray, click on the start button at the lower left of your computer screen. Then choose “Run” and enter “msconfig” and click the “OK” button. Click on the startup tab to see a list of applications in your start-up tray. If you are unsure about what they do, then leave them checked. Only uncheck the applications you do not want to load when your computer starts up. You also need to restart your computer for changes to take effect and your computer should start up much quicker. Uninstall old unused software, If you no longer use any application, you can uninstall it. Go to control panel, add/remove programs and select the program you want to uninstall, click the remove button. Some files are shared across several programs so if you get a message that asks you if you want to remove them, click the “NO” button to be on the safe side. Clear your web browser’s cache, web sites usually have a large number of web pages and hundreds of images that get stored locally onto your computer when you visit different web sites. While you surf the web, your web browser caches web pages from the different web sites that you visit so that a revisited web site loads up faster into your web browser. However, cached web pages are not removed automatically if you no longer visit a web site. Each browser allows you to clear the files stored in the cache folder and it will help to do this. Select the sub-menu internet options under the tools menu. Select the general tab and click the delete files button under temporary internet files section. Run disk defragmenter, it is used to rearrange files stored on your computer hard disk into one continuous sequence instead of being arranged and stored in different places on the hard disk. Your computer hard disk will be optimised to function at its best if all the information is stored in an ordered way. Unfortunately, programs do not always place items in the optimal places on your hard drive, and when you create, update, or delete files or programs, your hard drive gets fragmented. To get all the information ordered again, you can defragment your hard disk by running the disk defragmenter system tool. To do this click on the start icon at the bottom left of the computer screen and then click on all programs, acessories, system toos, and select disk defragmenter. Run disk cleanup to clean out and purge useless hard disk files that accumulate. To do, click on the start icon at the bottom left of the computer screen and then click on all programs, accessories, system tools, and select disk cleanup. You should be in good shape after doing these, if not, you need more RAM, which is easily purchased and installed yourself. Go to and use their free online system tool that will analyze your computer and make reccommendations for your individual computers performance. Good luck Mary.

  9. jr5594 said:

    Install windows one care 90 days free. If you don’t like don’t buy. it’s a good one. will speed up.

  10. vivianna said:

    Every site you go to adds junk to your computer delete it before you turn it off. You also may need to add more RAM to your computer especially if it has windows vista. It has to load every program and not to mention when it is turned on every program might be trying to update itself check the settings because it is very annoying. Stay manual as much as you can because so many programs do automatic functions that they have no business doing.


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