My computer takes entirely too long to start up. I am sick of it.
September 6, 2012 7:02 AM Subscribe
Why does my computer take such a ridiculously long time to boot up, and what can I do about it?
posted by jbickers to computers & internet (22 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm sitting at my desk right now, 10 am, having turned on my laptop at 8:30. No lie, an hour and a half later, the hard drive is still chugging along, apps slow to load, Firefox timing out. Click on the "new tab" button and two minutes later, a new tab appears. I clicked on Control Panel just now to get the specific details about the machine, and get a solid minute of the "flashlight looking at folders" animation.
The specific details of the machine: Dell Latitude D830, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.00ghz, 2 gb of RAM. Windows XP Professional. 75GB hard drive, 9 GB free.
The only apps I use are the basic office stuff: Outlook, Word, Firefox, Chrome (I run the imo.im instant messenger app on it). Photoshop Elements, but only rarely.
I've run CCleaner and emptied as much out of Outlook as I possibly can and done all the obvious stuff. My IT guy's typical response is, "umm ... clear your cache and get your music off of there?" So I'm looking to you smart folks for help. What could the culprit be, how do I go about finding out what it is, and how can I fix? A complete Windows re-install is not out of the question but highly undesirable.