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Initial tasks take too long to run, after booting.

Post by demoncurrie on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 11:10 pm

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I run Windows XP, which appears to load as normal. However, when I run any task, they take anything from 5-10 minutes to load up!! Task manager shows that the Idle Process is recording 99%, ie nothing else appears to be running. The last time I loaded, after 30 minutes, activity started and everything appeared to then operate as normal.
I have checked that Windows is uptodate, and have run CCleaner, Malwarebytes, Spybot and McAfee.
What is causing the delay in tasks? And how can I correct it?


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Re: Initial tasks take too long to run, after booting.

Post by demoncurrie on Wed 06 Aug 2014, 8:53 am

I have failed to find an OS disk, I'm afraid. My PC was a dell , and had the motherboard replaced to be a Compaq. However, the shop that did it is unable to provide a suitable disk. I do have the original DELL Drivers and Utilities " CD.
What next?

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Post by Superdave on Wed 06 Aug 2014, 9:19 am

You may be able to download it from here.

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Re: Initial tasks take too long to run, after booting.

Post by demoncurrie on Tue 12 Aug 2014, 10:12 am

That link was useful, in that I used Belarc to give me a list of the system & hardware that is installed. This includes a Product Key, which I was advised that I would need.
However, I am not clear what type of disk to download, - I have always had difficulty creating CD discs. Also are you advising me to purchase one in order to investigate my system problem?
I would prefer another route if that is possible. (I could ask a friend for advise if necessary).

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Post by Superdave on Tue 12 Aug 2014, 10:35 am

Also are you advising me to purchase one in order to investigate my system problem?
I would prefer another route if that is possible. (I could ask a friend for advise if necessary)..
No, don't spend any money on XP. If you're going to purchase another OS you should really consider Windows 7 if your computer can handle it.

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Post by demoncurrie on Tue 12 Aug 2014, 10:58 am

I have some packages which wont run on Windows 7 ; so I am not ready to upgrade.

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Post by Superdave on Tue 12 Aug 2014, 11:03 am

demoncurrie wrote:I have some packages which wont run on Windows 7 ; so I am not ready to upgrade.
I have been told that Windows 7 can run in XP mode.

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Re: Initial tasks take too long to run, after booting.

Post by demoncurrie on Mon 01 Sep 2014, 7:27 pm

Hi again. I have just about given up on resolving this behaviour. (NB By chance I was talking to a workmate, and she, too had this problem - but lived with it!). However, I think my system is now working correctly.
The system stopped running Chrome, and Adobe Flash Player didn't appear to upgrade properly. So I uninstalled both of them and re-loaded them. My system now re-boots normally! Perhaps coincidence. But I pass the info onto you since it might help you build up a picture. You can therefore close this entry. And I hope not to have to open a replacement plea for help! Thanks.

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Re: Initial tasks take too long to run, after booting.

Post by Superdave on Tue 02 Sep 2014, 6:29 am

Ok, let's do some clean up and we'll be finished.

This step will remove all cleaning tools we used, it'll reset restore points (so you won't get reinfected by accidentally using some older restore point) and it'll make some other minor adjustments...
This is a very crucial step so make sure you don't skip it.
Download DelFix by Xplode to your desktop. Delfix will delete all the used tools and logfiles.

Double-click Delfix.exe to start the tool.
Make sure the following items are checked:

  • Activate UAC (optional; some users prefer to keep it off)
  • Remove disinfection tools
  • Create Registry backup
  • Purge System Restore Points
  • Re-set system settings

Now click "Run" and wait patiently.
Once finished a logfile will be created. You don't have to attach it to your next reply.
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Click Start> Computer> right click the C Drive and choose Properties> enter
Click Disk Cleanup from there.



Click OK on the Disk Cleanup Screen.
Click Yes on the Confirmation screen.



This runs the Disk Cleanup utility along with other selections if you have chosen any. (if you had a lot System Restore points, you will see a significant change in the free space in C drive)
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Re: Initial tasks take too long to run, after booting.

Post by demoncurrie on Thu 04 Sep 2014, 8:54 am

OK thats them done thanks.

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Re: Initial tasks take too long to run, after booting.

Post by Superdave on Thu 04 Sep 2014, 9:35 am

You're welcome. I will lock this thread. If you need it re-opened, please send me a pm.

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