To check ram amount, right click on my computer/select properties. Under the general tab toward the bottom, you will see reported amount of ram.
I know everyones setup is different, but for me, I clear out everything in msconfigs startup tab. If you are needing or missing something, you can always go back and turn it on again. This is the biggest cause for boot slowdown. The biggest culprits are AOL and antivirus programs (both of which I don't use). My PC boots very fast. I use whole drive imaging as a back-up system, so I don't care much if I personally get a virus. The anti-virus programs and AOL also run various services (another tab in msconfig) which slow things down considerably.
It all depends on what is important to you. Speed and full resource power are very important to me.
I had a client on friday that had a disconnected mapped drive interfering with their power point show, and it was very slow to start, but they wouldn't let me disable the drive.
Edited by FrankOtheMountaiN, 07 September 2008 - 04:30 PM.