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How to Troubleshoot Boot Problems in Windows


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In this article you will learn that how to troubleshooting the slow boot problems in the Windows based operating systems such as Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000 Professional and Windows 2003 Servers. Slow booting is a very common issue and the major causes of it includes viruses and spyware attack, problems with Windows registry, hardware or software conflicts, inadequate or faulty hardware, security holes in the operating system and the plenty of installed programs. The following tips will help you to diagnose and troubleshoot the exact problems that affect the system performance.

Update Operating System:

Regularly update your operating system to fix the security holes by downloading the latest patches.

Install Antivirus Program:

An up-to-dated antivirus program is required to deal with the viruses. Scan your computer for the viruses and other malicious codes.

Install Anti spyware Program:

Spyware has become the real cause of the malformed functionalities of the computer. To make your computer spyware free you need to install and scan your PC with an up-to-dated anti spyware program.

Defragment the Hard Drives:

Defragment your hard disk drives especially C drive to free up the unused space in your hard disk. This will help you to increase the performance of your computer.

Disable the Unwanted Startup Programs:

Unwanted programs at Windows startup creates the problems such as slow boot up, utilization of the system's resources and the bad performance of the computer. To get rid of the unwanted programs at startup, you need to perform the following action.

In Windows XP to Start > Run and type “Msconfig" without quotes. A new window will appear go to the Startup tab and unselect all the unwanted programs.

Increase RAM:

By increasing the amount of physical memory (RAM) you can get the optimized performance from your computer.

Uninstall Unused Software:

Go to the Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs and uninstall all the unwanted programs.

Use Diagnostic Utilities:

There are a lot of diagnostic utilities and software that can be used to fix the common errors in computers. The common diagnostic and troubleshooting tools are PC Doctor, PC Booster, Registry Fix and Error Nuker. Microsoft provides a free utility “Bootvis. exe" to diagnose and troubleshoot the slow performance issues of the computer.

B. Bashir manages this website Online Troubleshooting and regularly writes articles on various topics such as Computer Networking, Windows Troubleshooting Tips Wireless Networking, Computer Hardware Tips, How Tos, Network Troubleshooting Tips and Computer tips.


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