This Information is to fix a common problem that is occuring with many of the PC's recently, in that after the Windows XP logo is shown, the computer will stay on a Black Screen for a while; ~3-20 mins but times do vary. This should normally be about 6 seconds. There is a permanent solution to this that will be included in a Windows Update around May 2012, but for now. this solution below will resolve the issue.
How to use the Recover console CD to fix the Windows XP Slow Boot Problem
- Download Recovery Console CD from this ticket and Unzip. Burn the .iso file using CD burning software (www.imgburn.com, is a freeware cd burner software. if you don't already have one)
- Insert Recovery Console CD and Restart PC
- When Dell Boot Logo Appears PRESS F12
- Select CD-Drive, press enter
- Once recovery console loads (may take 1-2 mins), Press "R" to launch into recovery console (Blue Windows screen, second option)
- Select which drive has the windows installation, Probably just "1" for one hard-drive installed. press enter key ( Black Windows command prompt)
- password should be blank, just press enter key
- when you see "c:\windows\" type the following "cd system32\config" and press enter (Cursor does not flash at this point)
- (optional) you can type "DIR" to see a list of the files within this directory if you like.
- Type "Rename default defaultBACKUP" and press enter, this will change the "default" file to a "defaultBACKUP"
- Type "exit" and press enter, this will restart the PC.
- You may now remove the recovery console CD, and the Slow Bootup time should be resolved.
- Once back in windows, Run the Registry Edit file that has been attached to this ticket to stop the issue from re-occuring in the future.