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Slow start-ups for XP seem to be increasingly common.Here are the essential processes for XP. You can use MSConfig to get rid of all but essential processes to see if that helps, but I suggest you use system restore each time you make major changes.

Here is a list of the essential processes for XP

The PC will not run without them.

taskmgr.exe
explorer.exe
svchost.exe - a few
spoolsv.exe
lsass.exe
services.exe
winlogon.exe
csrss.exe
smss.exe
System Idle Process

Tip of The Day

Just because an E-mail says "Win Tesco Vouchers" don't expect it to come from Tesco: it probably doesn't. At best you will probably get many unwanted e-mails, at worst you may acquire a Trojan.