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Matt Wiggins
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      08-19-2005
My PC (Win XP 2.4 P3, 512 RAM) starts fine in normal mode. When I try and
start in safe mode, it takes apprx 45 minutes to start. I have removed some
spyware and checked for viruses, but I'm clueless as to why it is so slow to
start in Safe Mode. It gets to the blue Welcome screen and takes forever
(there is HD activity during the long wait)

Thanks in advance




 
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Matt Wiggins
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      08-19-2005
Also, during the long wait, the welcome screen says "loading your personal
settings" and there is HD activity.
"Matt Wiggins" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
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> My PC (Win XP 2.4 P3, 512 RAM) starts fine in normal mode. When I try and
> start in safe mode, it takes apprx 45 minutes to start. I have removed
> some spyware and checked for viruses, but I'm clueless as to why it is so
> slow to start in Safe Mode. It gets to the blue Welcome screen and takes
> forever (there is HD activity during the long wait)
>
> Thanks in advance
>
>
>
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      08-19-2005
On Thu, 18 Aug 2005 21:16:57 -0400, "Matt Wiggins"
<(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:

>Also, during the long wait, the welcome screen says "loading your personal
>settings" and there is HD activity.
>"Matt Wiggins" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote in message
>news:NmaNe.69$(E-Mail Removed)...
>> My PC (Win XP 2.4 P3, 512 RAM) starts fine in normal mode. When I try and
>> start in safe mode, it takes apprx 45 minutes to start. I have removed
>> some spyware and checked for viruses, but I'm clueless as to why it is so
>> slow to start in Safe Mode. It gets to the blue Welcome screen and takes
>> forever (there is HD activity during the long wait)
>>
>> Thanks in advance


Few things you might like to try :-

1) Download Ad-aware, Spybot - Search & Destroy and Microsoft
Antispyware. Update their def. file and use them to scan your HD in
safe mode. It is further make sure you are safe from spyware.

2) Diagnose your HD, download the diagnosis program from the HD maker
site.

3) Defrag your HD.

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birdman
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      08-19-2005
If you are having trouble booting into safe mode something is seriously
wrong. There are a lot of things to try but usually the best option is back
up your files, make sure you have your program installation disks, reformat
and reinstall everything. If you cannot boot into safe mode eventually you
are going to have big problems when you try to start the computer at all. If
I were you I would back up my files right now.

Short of that:
Under the dos prompt navigate to your c drive root (c:\ or wherever winxp is
installed) and type: chkdsk /f. You will be asked if you want to run chkdsk
when the computer reboots. Type: y then hit enter and reboot. Chkdisk will
then inspect and repair if possible problems with where files are installed,
tracked, etc.
Then:
Run every anti-virus and anti-spyware (especially antispyware) program you
can obtain. The various antispyware programs all tend to find something new,
although often it is merely an innocuous web cookie site that is labelled as
spyware. Some spyware is simply unremovable, no matter what you read, and
cannot be removed without reformattting and reinstalling. Regsitry cleaners
may help but most just find meaningless dead-end stuff left over from
programs no longer installed that does not really do anything to your
computer.


 
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