How long does the computer actually take to completely load?
Some computers can take 4 to 5 minutes.
If this is a new problem the first thing to look at would be your startup folder to see what programs automatically load when Windows does.
I recommend Startup Inspector to examine and adjust the startup menu. It is freeware and is easier to use than the Microsoft utility msconfig which essentially can do the same thing because it better identifies the programs that are being started.
Startup Inspector (manages startup menu – helps you identify aps in the startup menu so you can disable unnecessary programs from running in the background when they are not needed)
Be sure not to disable your anti-virus program, your firewall and other essential system aps.
Startup Monitor (a small freeware ap available on the same page to notify you and require your permission for any program to add itself to your startup menu)http://www.windowsstartup.com/download.php
If the computer is running slowly there are a variety of other reasons that can affect it. When was the last time you cleaned the temp files, defragmented the hard drive and did other necessary system maintenance?
Take a look at BC's slow computer checklist:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/44690/slow-computer/
Edited by Enthusiast, 03 September 2006 - 08:59 PM.