Computer users may have experienced Windows XP boot problems from time to time. These problems may usually occur with older computers and PCs that have never been maintained properly by its owner.
Millions of XP computer users go online to visit websites, download and install files and software, and do other tasks every day. Saved and installed files generally become fragmented over time and your computers hard disk drive/s can become crowded or overloaded. If you havent done anything in the past yet- such as scan and fix errors, or any form of system maintenance- then its time that you look into those solutions to fix the initial symptom which is your Windows XP boot problems.
It usually takes less than 5 minutes for a computer to boot-up. If there is an internal problem it usually takes longer to start-up; more than 5 minutes is already an indicator. When this first symptom appears, you should start looking for solutions if you are facing Windows XP boot problems. Be wary also that underlying problems can occur
A normal computer doesnt take more than 5 minutes to start running. If so, then your PC may have a problem. If you have some technical know-how, you may check the settings of your computer and tweak it if necessary to see any improvement. Restart your computer and see any changes.
For the non-technical computer user, it is best to use the simpler tools because most of the time these built-in tools can improve the boot or start-up and other existing problems of computers. You just have to be a bit experimental with these tools and make sure to take note of the changes.
** Here are some of the most common utilities in your XP computer that can help resolve Windows XP boot problems and other possible errors:
(1) Disable automatic start-ups
Automatic start-up is an option and not a must-do for every program in your computer. As much as possible, enable only a few important programs that you need opened right away.
(2) DISK CLEANUP
Use your computers disk cleanup tool to free up space and improve performance of your hard disk. After doing so, shutdown your computer for at least a minute, then start up again to see if booting time has changed. Sometimes, this tool alone can help improve booting time because you just need to clean-up your hard disk.
(3) UNINSTALL idle/unused programs
Idle or unused programs in your computer are just taking up memory space and may cause a slow down. Uninstall these programs to help improve your computers boot-up time. Heres how to do it:
Click CONTROL PANEL -> select PROGRAMS -> select UNINSTALL Programs -> click on the program you wish to uninstall
Files that you saved, downloaded and re-opened each time, become fragmented and their components scatter all throughout the hard disk, making it difficult for your computer to load, scan and function properly. Schedule the defragmentation process once a week for optimum computer performance.
(5) Anti-virus and Anti-spyware
Make sure that your computer has an anti-virus and anti-spyware running at all times. These are essential particularly when you go online. Viruses and spyware can damage your computers system in many ways and one of the first indications is a slow-down of your computers speed.
If you have tried all these built-in tools but still nothing works, you may need to install and run a Windows registry repair program. Your Windows registry holds vital installation details that can become corrupted as time passes. This brings about computer slow-down starting from Windows XP boot problems, to error message pop-ups, to system crashes and freezes, to a total melt-down. Using a registry repair program that can scan and fix a number of errors and problems could solve all these probable issues.
If you are on verge of choosing a registry repair program, look for one that is easy and efficient to use, it should support various Windows versions, covers a wide-range of error-correcting capabilities, and it should provide maintenance and back-up facilities.