How to Fix Windows XP Slow Startup

Here are some possible solutions for you to fix this problem. You may have to try all of them in order to speed up your Windows XP startup, but the end result will be completely worth all that effort.

The first thing you should do is change the amount of time the computer takes before booting up. To achieve this, follow the steps mentioned here.
  • Go to the 'Start' menu. Click on 'Run'.
  • Now type 'msconfig' and hit the Enter button.
  • Look under the tab called 'BOOT.INI'. You need to locate the option 'Timeout'.
  • In front of this you will see the number '30'. This is the default setting for the number of seconds the system takes to boot up.
  • Change this to '3'. Your slow startup Windows XP problem should be solved.

Another possible Windows XP slow startup fix is to increase the amount of RAM (Random Access Memory) on your computer. This will speed up the Windows XP slow startup by leaps and bounds. New laptop computers and desktop computers come loaded with at least 4GB of RAM nowadays, so if you are using anything below 1GB of RAM, you need to upgrade immediately.

Another cause for slow startup Windows XP is that there are too many programs starting automatically when you switch on the computer. You will find that this is a completely unnecessary task for most of these programs, so they are slowing down your computer for nothing. What you need to do is reduce the number of programs that start automatically when you startup your computer. Here's how you can do that.
  • Go to the 'Start' menu. Click on 'Run'.
  • Now type 'msconfig' and hit the Enter button.
  • Look under the tab called 'Startup'.
  • Now you can de-select all the programs that you feel are unnecessarily getting activated when you switch on your computer. This is a very effective way for troubleshooting Windows XP slow startup.

Another option for you to explore is to remove all the unnecessary programs from your computer completely. Sometimes we install new programs and then find that they are not as useful as we thought. Failure to remove unwanted programs, most certainly, lead to Windows XP slow startup. In order to remove unwanted programs, simply go to the 'Start' menu, 'Control Panel' and then 'Add or Remove Programs'. Now you can choose which programs you want to uninstall and remove completely from your computer. Note that you will have to restart your computer after this. This will also help you check, if the startup time has decreased or not.