Start up delay



Winxp3, at bootup and after the "loading personal settings" is done, there
is a 1 minute and 45 second blank screen before the desktop appears. What
is the best way to find (log) what process is causing this delay? Starting
in safe mode there is only a 8-10 second delay (normal??)


Try Autoruns from the MS Windows SysInternals site:

AutoRuns will show/list all apps/etc. that load/run when you first boot ...
(the 'Boot Execute' tab),
when you logon (the 'Logon' tab) and other programs that load
(grouped by labeled tabs) for easy viewing.

It also provides the ability to selectively allows you to stop
(use with care) any program that you don't want to load.
You can undo any changes you have made.

Note: To get additional details on an item in the list you can't
readily identify you may need to highlight the item (right click) and use
the 'Search Online' option to get the details,
especially useful for the more obscure items in the list.



What errors appear in Event Viewer? You need to post only copies of
Warnings and Errors from the last boot
in normal mode.

Please post copies of all Error and Warning Reports appearing in the
System and Application logs in Event Viewer relating to the last boot in
normal mode . No Information Reports or Duplicates please. Indicate
which also appear in a previous boot.

You can access Event Viewer by selecting Start, Control Panel,
Administrative Tools, and Event Viewer. When researching the meaning
of the error, information regarding Event ID, Source and Description
are important.

A tip for posting copies of Error Reports! Run Event Viewer and double
click on the error you want to copy. In the window, which appears is a
button resembling two pages. Click the button and close Event
Viewer.Now start your message (email) and do a paste into the body of
the message. Make sure this is the first paste after exiting from
Event Viewer.


Most likely, your icon cache is corrupt, you can rebuild it either
automatically by installing Iconoid or manually using TweakUI
(install, open, under "Repair" select "Rebuild Icons" and click
the "Repair Now" button.

Iconoid 3.8.5 602 KB Freeware

What is Iconoid?

- Save and Restore Icon positions for each (or every) screen
- Transparent icon backgrounds or use any color
- Select any color for icon text
- Automatically hide icons when you don't need them and
show them when you do
- Automatically or manually select the best color for the text
- Quickly minimize all windows so that you can see your
desktop wallpaper.
- See the help files (which include screen shots) for even
more information.


Tweak UI 2.10 147 KB Freeware

This PowerToy gives you access to system settings that are
not exposed in the Windows XP default user interface,
including mouse settings, Explorer settings, taskbar settings,
and more.
Requires Windows XP Service Pack 1 or Windows Server 2003.



You're welcome.

It's a powerful tool so use with care.
Research what you want to stop from loading
as killing/stopping the wrong one could make
for a grand headache.


Meebers is what I got. Nothing in the Application area at all but in
the system there are two events (errors) that are there at boot up time for
the last several days. The HP CUE error I will try a remove and
re-install of the printer software, no clue on SessionLauncher, google says

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7000
Date: 9/25/2008
Time: 7:03:35 PM
User: N/A
The SessionLauncher service failed to start due to the following error:
The system cannot find the path specified.

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Service Control Manager
Event Category: None
Event ID: 7022
Date: 9/25/2008
Time: 7:04:56 PM
User: N/A
The HP CUE DeviceDiscovery Service service hung on starting.


Tx for the suggestion on Icon rebuild. I used TweakUI, did the rebuild, but
got the same results

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