try running your TaskManager or RegCleaner if you have it. See what programs are loading on startup. There are some tweaks you can do in your TaskManager that will start up your XP Pro alot quicker. I'm also running XP Pro and I'm on in about 60 seconds running an intel celeron 500 (stop laughing, it hurts my feelings.) I actually can run MS2k2 and RTCW with my Voodoo 5 no problem)
When was the last time you scandisk and defrag? If you've been doing that you can use the xp repair console. Go into you bios and set it to boot from cdrom; put in your xp cd, select the repair option/recovery console to get there.
I had the very same problem on my 1800+ system. I tried deleting my profile, running Bootvis, defragging, scandisk, repairing (which helped a little, but it was still VERY slow), everything! My final fix was a reload. Everything is fine now. If anyone has any insight on this, I would love to know why it happens and a better way to fix it.
If it takes a lot of time to login at startup, you should get this small utility from www.sysinternals.com ... its called CONTIG and its a command line defragmenter.
Open command prompt, navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\[USERNAME] where [USERNAME] corresponds to your login name. Then run contig on ntuser.*
That should speed up login time considerably.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS