Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Video on troubleshooting Windows XP boot problems available
Bill Detwiler offers a very useful eight-minute video on Tech Republic on how to diagnose Windows XP boot problems, which presumably include slow boot-up, which many users report on the Web. The discussion starts with running MSCONFIG and walking through the many supra-tabs. The utility offers a number of boot options and memory limitations when memory or hardware problems are suspected.
The article also includes a user survey as to experience with user startup in various operating systems. Windows Vista scored low in the survey, but over 50% considered XP to have the best boot process.
Here is the Tech Republic blog link.
I have had some occasional problems in Vista with the system being very slow in allowing the user to start programs; this happens about one out of every ten boots on my Dell XPS 16 laptop.