Are you frustrated about windows XP start up delay? Would you like to find out ways to speed up windows XP? We will look at some of the most common reasons why windows XP is takes forever to start Up and provide solutions that will speed up windows XP start up dramatically.
First of all, let us examine what really happens when Windows XP starts up. There are certain programs and Windows Registry Entries that are loaded when you start up Windows XP. Some of these programs and registry and system files continue to run as long as the computer is on, while others stay idle after loading but can be easily activated whenever some programs require it. When all these programs, registry and system files attempt to load at the same time, they take up a lot of memory space and the computer memory is unable to handle such load. It is like a congested road during a peak hour. The more programs you have that load during the windows start up, the slower is your computer.
In addition to the necessary programs and files, there are some unnecessary files left over by uninstalled programs in your registry. These also add to the load on the memory, and usually they cause the most loads. This is because the system spends some time in realizing that these cannot be loaded, and during this time all the other start up items are waiting in queue.
There are three things you can do to speed up windows XP start up:
1- Get better hardware: In order to speed up windows XP start up you can add memory or RAM. This will allow the computer to load a lot of items simultaneously at the start up without slowing down. This is not a very optimized and long term solution not only because it is expensive and difficult to configure but also because after some time your system will slow down again. Why? Because you have not identified and eliminated the cause of slow down, instead you are giving more space to the culprits if you take this option.
2- Go to Start->Settings -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs. Look at all the programs you have and uninstall those that you do not want. This option might speed up your start up time only if some of the programs that you deleted used to cause the delay in the start up.
3- Clean and repair your windows registry. Windows registry is usually the number one reason why computers slow down. The registry accumulates a lot of “entries” over time, because when you delete a program the registry entry made by that program stays, and this causes windows to stay busy searching for files that don’t exist. This is the most optimal, long term and time saving option.
You can clean the registry yourself but I don’t recommend it. In fact, I advice you not to even think about it because if you don’t know exactly what you are doing, you may damage the system beyond repair. The only other option is to use a registry cleaner. A registry cleaner is a software program that scans you system registry to find files or entries that are empty or invalid. Then it removes or repairs those entries. This dramatically speeds up the start up time. A word of caution: Not all registry cleaners are good; some may cause more harm than good.