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I have a

  • Vostro 1000 laptop
  • XP SP3
  • 1.5 GB Ram
  • Athlon 64 processor

I just reinstalled Windows on the disk, finished adding all the drivers and the critical updates, and now it has a load time over 4 minutes. Once it's booted, it works very quickly.

I booted in safe mode to watch the driver load list, here are the drivers that seem to be hanging:

  • system32\hal.dll
  • system32\kdcom.dll
  • system32\config\system
  • system32\c_1252.nls
  • system32\c_437.nls
  • system32\l_intl.nls
  • AppMatch\drvmain.sdb
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You installed something that is causing it to boot slowly beyond the fact its going to be slow no matter what you do. –  Ramhound Jan 18 '12 at 12:26
    
Normally an installed program causes a slow boot from the time the Windows Logo screen appears. As soon as that screen appears, everything runs very quickly (even post logon). It's only before that screen that I have a slow load time. –  just.another.programmer Jan 19 '12 at 11:02
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