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Old 12-30-2011, 03:05 AM
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Slow Boot-up

My pc has been slow to boot for a long time, it takes about three minutes for the LED bars to stop and then after the desktop appears a further two minutes before I can use the internet. I have to wait for the Norton and HP icon to show on the bottom of the screen before it will connect.
I do a disk cleanup and defragmentation every week. Can anyone help please?
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Old 12-30-2011, 04:40 AM
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My pc has been slow to boot for a long time, it takes about three minutes for the LED bars to stop and then after the desktop appears a further two minutes before I can use the internet. I have to wait for the Norton and HP icon to show on the bottom of the screen before it will connect.
I do a disk cleanup and defragmentation every week. Can anyone help please?

Start - Run msconfig - Startup tab - un tick all boxes - push ok - apply - push restart when it's appearing , northon is a like a need a lot of ram , your are thinking about replace it with

http://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/mse.aspx

you forget to mention what is your machine's specification , this help you to find and post them

http://www.piriform.com/speccy

go to left side select
Summary
go to bar menu select
File
Save as text file
Navigate to deskop saving the report

published the report to us , you are thinking about the possibility to replace vista and install win 7 instead of !!
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:02 AM
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Thank you, I have to wonder though how good this free program is compared to Norton which is around £40?

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Old 01-01-2012, 12:17 PM
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Norton isnt a good anti-virus get kasper anti-virus
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pleas try an answer my latest question
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Old 01-02-2012, 03:51 AM
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Hi, also how much memeory do you have? Vista is a memory hog and 2 gig would improve your system uless you already have 2 gig.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:03 AM
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Thank you, I have to wonder though how good this free program is compared to Norton which is around 40?

Norton is consuming a lot of Ram , don't forget that , if you navigate on non secure site whatever antivirus you have you aren't sheltered from virus
etc , in your occasion downgrading to xp pro is only solution , happy new year in Italian language = Buon anno !!
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Old 01-03-2012, 07:21 AM
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Norton is consuming a lot of Ram , don't forget that , if you navigate on non secure site whatever antivirus you have you aren't sheltered from virus
etc , in your occasion downgrading to xp pro is only solution , happy new year in Italian language = Buon anno !!

Downgrading to XP is not a solution....having the correct PC requirements is.
If you browse to a non secure site ...e.g. safe browsing is a must http://www.hitwebcounter.com/how-to/...t-browsing.php

Keeping your PC patced and up to date including your virus updates in the first step.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:13 AM
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Re. Free antivirus, this is a quote from the above link :- "1. Purchase the best available antivirus software from the market . Dont even think of saving few bucks as this can cost you hundred of dollars later on."
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Old 01-03-2012, 06:26 PM
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Hi Phil.c, lets start over and try to help fix this slow PC. Here is what I recommend.

1) Use anti-virus software, I don't use a full security suite as this can slow down your PC, check to see if your Norton is set to scan at startup, if so stop it, there is no need to scan at startup but do regular scans at sheduled times.
My recommendation for a anti-virus software and not a full security suite ,nod32 ESET NOD32 Antivirus Home/SOHO Edition for Windows
https://www.eset.com.au/store/home.php
Free anti-virus is MS security essentials
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/w...ity-essentials

2) Uninstall old programs that are no longer required as these may be running at startup.

3) Turn off programs that try to check for updates every week ect such as:
Itunes, Google updater, Adobe products, Apple software, Roxio, Windows Live. BUT if you do this you will need to check for updates often as this is important for security.

4) Check for updates for your PC drivers & Microsoft security upadates regularly. You will need to browse to your PC's manufacturers web site to check and you will need you PC/Laptops model number. If you are not sure how to find it try this page.
http://www.softwaretipsandtricks.com...fications.html

5) Clean your PC for dust, this can cause overheating and performance degradation.
http://www.cnet.com.au/how-to-clean-...-240055521.htm
How to clean a laptop http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yyEV...feature=fvwrel
Only do the above if your are comfortable removing covers from your computer, if not take it to a repair shop

6) Run disk cleanup often this helps remove old files that are not required on your PC.
Disk clean up XP:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310312
Disk Cleanup Vista: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/w...g-Disk-Cleanup
Disk Cleanup 7: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...g-Disk-Cleanup

7) Defrag regularly, I know some of you already do this but I need to add it.
Defrag XP: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314848
Defrag Vista: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-AU/w...your-hard-disk
Defrag 7: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...your-hard-disk

8) Keep your internet browser up to date, firefox, ie ect release new versions but be warned that these can be in beta format so there may be issues with new releases.
IE http://www.officialwindowsmagazine.c...ter-than-ever/
FireFox: http://www.ehow.com/how_4840197_mozi...ull-speed.html
Google Chrome: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-cool-...google-chrome/

9) Review your hardware, such as memory, hard drives and video cards. As more software, updates and service packs are released you will need to review harware requirements. But if you are running a minimum amount of memory e.g. 512 on Xp, 1 GB on Vista and Windows 7, a memory upgrade is a good place to start.

This is not a comprehensive tutorial but more of a basic overview, If I have missed something please feel free to add it as I may put this in the tutorials section.
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Old 01-04-2012, 03:36 AM
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Thanks Monty, i'll check that out!
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