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Old 10-22-04, 11:52 AM   #1
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Is there a way to make Windows 2000 boot up faster?

Running Windows 2000 sp4 on my laptop at work, takes ages to boot up. Is there a way to speed it up?

My laptop is a P3 with over 700mb of ram.
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Old 10-22-04, 12:45 PM   #2
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How long is "ages"?

You might be able to shut down some services that you don't need. Possibly a defrag would help.

How much RAM is in use right after Win2K starts?
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Old 10-22-04, 01:49 PM   #3
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On 2000/XP, Open a command prompt and type "defrag c: /b" and hit enter. Walk away for a few hours.

That will drastically decrease the bootup time if you've booted a lot recently. The /b switch will force it to defrag the prefetch stuff even though it's not doing a full defragmentation (which is normally the only time it does it).
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Old 10-22-04, 01:53 PM   #4
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Re: Is there a way to make Windows 2000 boot up faster?

Yes. Upgrade to XP.

Win 2000 is nice, but it just typically boots slower.

Check the services listing at

Disabling startup stuff in start | run | msconfig and uninstalling unnecessary programs help. I also like to always keep all my hard drives under half full.

How old is this install of Win 2000? Think it is time for a format and re-install?
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