Long Boot Time

Dear Computer Lady,

I often find interesting sites and I add to my FAVORITES list, I am on XP and I notice that my computer takes about 8 minutes to get up and running, is this because I have so many entries on my favorites and is there a better way.

Thanks in advance for any help, I am so glad I ran into your site and added it to favorites.



Dear Darcy,

You will be glad to know that the number of items on your favorites list will not make your computer slower, or make it take longer to start up.

Some of the things that will make your computer take a long time to boot up are:

Too many items in the startup folder.
Hundreds of photos that are set to thumbnail view.
Too many programs set to run when windows starts.

You can easily fix the photo problem by changing the view from “Thumbnails” to something like “List” or “details”.

To remove items from your startup folder, click on “Start”, then “All Programs” and find the “Startup” folder. You can right click on items listed there and then click on “Delete” to remove them from the folder. This will not un-install the programs, it will just stop them from automatically starting when Windows starts.

The last thing you can do to speed up boot time is use a windows utility program like Advanced Vista Optimizer to stop programs from running when Windows starts. Don’t worry, Advanced Vista Optimizer works in Windows XP too.

1. Open Advanced Vista Optimizer 2009. Click the “Continue” button if prompted by Windows UAC.

2. In the main AVO window, click on “Optimization” in the left hand panel.

3. In the main section, click on “Startup Manager”.

4. On the startup manager page, you will see a list of startup items.

5. Click on an item that you don’t need to start up every time you turn your computer on, then click on the “Delete” button at the bottom of the window.

6. In the “Are you sure…” window, click the “Yes” button.

7. Repeat the last two steps until you are done (make sure you don’t delete your antivirus program) and then close AVO.

8. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.


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    • Mollypipes1
    • October 9, 2009

    I’m a novice..I have the same problem when booting up (It started after I downloaded Internet Explorer 8 and continues even though I un-installed IE8..GRRRRRRRR) Went to website to find the Advanced Vista Optimizer and I don’t know how I’m to determine if I download 32 bit or 64 bit..Don’t know what that means..Help..Thank you, Maggie P

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