Hi all, My PC is a Compaq Presario 900 laptop, with Athlon XP1500 and 256Mb RAM iirc. HD is a 30Go, with around 2Go free. Hasn't been reformated (sp?) for around a year ... perhaps less. It takes over 5 minutes from the point where I press the button to being able to actually use it. I used the msconfig>Startup thing and disabled like 3/4 of the programs. Run AdAware and SpySweeper on a regular basis, as well as Norton AntiVirus. Didn't play in the Services part of msconfig since I dunno what I'm doing in there ... I usually have 35-40 running processes during normal use ... would that be the culprit? edit-forgot to mention, during use, it's fairly normal. Not fast, but never been anyways. It's just the startup being annoyingly slow.