My work computer still has XP on it, though I will be upgrading to Win7 in a few short months so I've got to make do in the meantime. I just started working at this job, so the computer was a hand-me-down, which wasn't maintained too well on the software side.
At this point, a clean format is not an option. Instead, I've run through all of the quick/easy tricks I know such as using PC Decrapifier, CCleaner, and Revo Uninstaller to get rid of older outdated software, crapware, and start-up apps. I have run through Black Viper's XP Service Configurator, following the "Tweaked" route he describes on there. Also, I have installed all the latest drivers for the hardware.
Despite all of this, my complete boot-up time is probably around 8 minutes. I can reach the XP login screen within 20 or 30 seconds, but loading XP fully takes the additional 7+ minutes.
Here are the computer specs:
- Dell Precision PWS490
- Intel Xeon 5130 @ 2.00GHz
- 3.25 GB RAM
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 4600