I have a personal PC at home running Windows XP, 3.06 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 with 200 GB hard drive space and 512 MB RAM. I bought this a year ago from PC world.
I have noticed that my PC took about 3 mins to start so I decided to remove all the unneeded items on the taskbar and remained with the necessary ones including speaker, and norton anti virus.
I have seen that this has made the difference to the desktop as the desktop starts much quicker but it still is slow in starting up from when I switch it on to when it shows the desktop.
It takes a lot of time when the Windows XP icon shows and the processing line, but when it comes to desktop, its got quicker due to the deletion of unwanted icons.
I worries me to see the slowness because I have got a laptop which is 1.7Ghz, and its got 768MB RAM, and about 10 to 15 items on the taskbar on the bottom right and it takes the same time as the desktop to start.
Do you think more RAM is to be added? MY hard drive is not even half full, not much information is saved anyway. What else could be the reason? Please help me. I have also defragmented my drive.