Before reinstalling Windows, which probably will not fix the problem being that the problem begins BEFORE Windows begins to load, lets see if we can troubleshoot the problem.
How is your ram configured? - One 512mb ram stick or two 256s?
If it is two 256mb sticks take one out (with the computer off of course) - remove it from the computer and try booting.
If it still is very slow booting shutdown the computer and switch the stick of ram with the one you took out.
Boot the computer.
If the problem is cured we then know the stick of ram that is out of the computer is bad.
If the problem persists, you need to run some Ram checks:
Any of the following will do:
First run with the one stick, then the other, then both:
Did you say this was a NEW COMPUTER and therefore under warranty?
If so, take advantage of the warranty. Your problem is not with the Windows installation!
Edited by Enthusiast, 28 October 2006 - 08:29 PM.