My computer takes to long to start?

Question

When I try and start up my computer it takes a very long time, sometimes all the programs boot up, sometimes they don't. Usually it just starts with the wallpaper showing up and nothing else and it just will sit there. I was wondering what kind of things I could try to fix the problem.

Answer

This question was answered on March 3, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Windows Takes a Long Time to Start

Article ID : 823612

Last Review : July 28, 2003

Revision : 1.0

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SYMPTOMS

CAUSE

RESOLUTION

SYMPTOMS

When you start your computer, it takes a long time for Windows to start and it takes a long time for your desktop items to appear You do not receive an error message.

CAUSE

This behavior may occur if the wrong driver files are installed for a scanner or imaging device To verify that this is the cause of this behavior, follow these steps:1 Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK

2 Click the Services tab, click to clear thePlug and Play check box, and then click to clear theWindows Image Acquisition (WIA) check box

3 Restart the computer

If the computer starts correctly, the wrong driver files are installed for the scanner or imaging device

RESOLUTION

To resolve this behavior, contact the manufacturer of the scanner or imaging device and obtain the correct Windows XP driver files for the device Microsoft provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support This contact information may change without notice Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact information For information about how to contact your hardware manufacturer, click the appropriate article number in the following list to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

65416 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, A-K

60781 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, L-P

60782 Hardware and Software Third-Party Vendor Contact List, Q-Z

After you obtain the correct Windows XP driver files, follow these steps:1 Click Start, click Run, type msconfig, and then click OK

2 Click the Services tab, click to select the Plug and Play check box, click to select Windows Image Acquisition (WIA), and then click OK

3 Click Start, right-click My Computer and then click Properties

4 Click the Hardware tab, and then click Device Manager

5 In the Device Manager list of devices, right-click your scanner or imaging device, and then click Properties

6 Click the Driver tab, and then click Update Driver

7 In the Hardware Update Wizard, under What do you want the wizard to do?, click Install from a list or specific location, and then click Next

8 Click Don't search I will choose the driver to install, and then click Next

9 Click Have Disk, and then type the path of the new driver files that you obtained from the device manufacturer Alternatively, you can click Browse, and then use the Look in folder tree to locate the folder that contains the driver files Click Open

10 Click OK, click Next, and then click Finish

11 Restart the computer

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Posted by Eramilde of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on March 3, 2005