This post helped me too, as I was wondering if turning all start up programs
to do Defrag would be better than just running it(Defrag) with everything
> Win XP Home with SP1 -- working fine until last week
> when startup (boot) began taking an excessive time. The
> sequence is 1) the XP Home splash screen with copyright
> notice comes up for a few seconds then, 2) the screen
> goes black for 1 minute/10 seconds then, 3) the system
> completes the boot process. It acts the same way on cold
> start or restart.
> Does anyone have an idea on fixing that black scree
> delay ???
Be patient the first few days after setup of Service Pack 1.
Be very aware of all of your user startup programs, as per MSCONFIG /
At a convenient time, when you have plenty of time,
you need to (a) close all user programs, including antivirus, then (b) run a
Then another in four days and another a week later.
Over time you will see the o.s. snap back 'faster'. Allow you pc extra
XP-SP1 needs to rebuild the Prefetch files. It will go faster as the days
MVP Windows - Shell / User