Twice I have posted in a day I must get a life!
This is an old chesnut but whilst I was on the marvellous GTG forum I thought I would ask. We have 4 PCs which are networked (I think!) or at least have access to the internet. One of them (mine) is directly connected to the router, my daughter's was wi-fi but I recently changed that to using the gadget that uses the wiring in the house (and the download speeds are better) and my son's is wi-fi as is my wife's. All run on XP except my wife's which is Vista.
My question is why, when they are all reasonable machines, do they take so long to boot up? My daughter's is the worst, it can take 5 minutes before you can use anything, and trying anything before that results in 50 screens of IE or Excel or whatever (this is called irritated Dad). I did download Mike Lin's startup monitor but don't recall seeing anything odd on there.
It sounds as if it runs some big programme to start with and then once that is finished it will run okay.
They have a lot of games installed (Sims for example) is that the problem? (Can't see that that needs to be part of the boot up?).
Sorry to be thick!!