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I remember a web site that was dedicated to speeding up boot times for a XP based PC. It had to deal with what system resources could be disabled to aid in loading time. For the life of me I can't find it again. I have a PC I want to boot and have audio signal processing applications starting to load within 20 seconds. Not connected to the internet or running office based applications. Just audio processing software and a wireless link. This PC's purpose is soley for audio processing. Any leads?

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I've got my own issues to deal with now. Just did a reinstall on XP Pro on a Dell D810 and on boot up I get the dreaded "Blue Screen Of Death". A search REALLY helped me narrow down the problem. It could be hardware, software, drivers, ram, I'm wearing the wrong color socks, I drive a Ford truck..........
 

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+1 for blackviper's site. I have used his recommendations on several computers running XP Pro and have reduced load-up times significantly and without any issues. He has recommendatons for other variations of the OS too :jump:
 

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run/msconfig/startup

remove what you want

no extra programs, no extra registry entries, just editing the same settings that program is accessing...

also if you have a dual/quad core setup, windows is by default set to start up with a single core. run/msconfig/boot/advanced to set windows to start up using all of your cores. a minimal speed increase, but one nonetheless
 

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If you wish to speed up boot times, the best way to do this is to add, add a faster hard drive (SSDs are even faster), and/or more high bandwidth low latency ram (very cheap these days). To furtuer boost drive speed performance add a good quality Adaptec 5805 Raid Controller which can run one drive or be used to power two drives for double speed gains.
 
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