Hey! The Bios doesn't lie(most of the time). You have one P4 processor. P4s with Hyperthreading mimic a second virtual processor. If you ALT-CTRL-DEL into the task manager,click Performance tab,View,CPU History, you can choose to see one graph or two for your P4. One is the true CPU and the other is the virtual. Programs will load and run slowly if you don't keep your machine on a regular maintenance program. You should use Disk Defragmenter at least once a week. Error checking/Scandisk is a good idea also. You could possibly have nasty stuff like adware/spyware that slows the loading process. Be sure to protect yourself with a good utility. Pest Control is one of the best and will clean your machine. There is a freeware utility avalable here... http://www.ccleaner.com/ Hope this helps.