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Fresh Install of Windows XP x64 SP2 :: Slow Boot :: Startup Programs Pause

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I'm experiencing a strange issue with a fresh install of Windows XP x64 SP2 after installing the latest Nvidia graphics drivers for my GTX 465s in SLI. After installing Nvidia's drivers, my startup programs no longer load instantly as they should. Instead, there is a 30 second to 2 minute pause before the rest of my startup applications and drivers load.

I've added release packs to my install CD of Windows XP x64 mainly with 5eraph's post SP2 pack which can be downloaded here:

http://www.ryanvm.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6400

When the pause is finally over, my LAN drivers load last. Half of my startup programs load as they should, and the second half which is mainly my wireless adapter and my onboard LAN load after the pause. While the pause is occurring, I can launch Explorer, but I can only access the C: partition. Task manager shows no applications running during the freeze, and I am unable to do anything major, even restart, until the pause in the startup applications is gone and my LAN drivers have been loaded about a minute later.

Once, I restarted the machine while it was still trying to load startup applications, and it said RamAsst was not responding. Disabled it in msconfig, and it still had the pause while booting, but I no longer got the RamAsst is not responding error when attempting to restart.

When I first installed the OS with my update packs and drivers integrated into the CD, everything loaded up quickly as it should until I installed Nvidia's latest drivers. So I uninstalled Nvidia's drivers, everything loads instantly again.

I've had this issue before after installing .net Framework 4 on a couple of machines, but it's not .net 4.0 this time.

The problem I experience with Nvidia's drivers is similar to this:

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-xp...d-start-2.html

I've tried older release drivers for my cards, and they too cause the bootup of my startup applications to stall. I didn't have this problem running
260.99 WHQL before I had to reinstall Windows XP x64 due to replacing my SSD (write speed on the SSD wasn't up to par... mere 20MB per second on write speed). However, I did test the SSD with the same install of Windows XP x64 and my LAN drivers stalled during bootup after installing Nvidia drivers.

Granted, this is the first time my machine has been running AHCI, but I have the driver integrated in my CD, and as far as I know, it's working fine. After the pause in the bootup, everything works fine and is really fast as it should be. No BSOD's, stable as can be, and a great gaming machine. However, I'd really like to know if there's anything I can do to correct the issue. I have tried everything I can think of, but I still can't get it to behave normally.

I'm using a MSI x58 Pro-E motherboard with the latest BIOS and have a Core i7 920 with 9GB of RAM.

Any help is appreciated, and no, Windows 7 is not the answer. I play MOHAA, so I need XP. Mouse speed is jacked up in Windows 7. It's not the same consistent speed when trying to turn left or right.
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Personally I would upgrade to Win 7 64 bit ,it $90 to $100 . XP is just out of date for software and hardware today. Not to mention it is just plain user friendly. Would be money well spent. IMO
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I uninstalled the HD Audio drivers for the HDMI functionality of my GTX 465s, and startup is instant again.
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