Hi to all, My current rig was getting quite sluggish especially when re-booting. It seemed to take an age...so I made a back up of the registry files, and those are stored on an external device. I used EasyCleaner 2.0 to search for unnecessary files, deleted those and system ok. Ran the registry cleaner, deleted those files, still ok(rebooted after each step) Used START-> RUN->msconfig->ok, changed from NORMAL STARTUP to SELECTIVE STARTUP->Un-checked all those apps etc that really don't need to run in the background ->APPLY->RESTART, system still ok. START->RUN->regedit->ok...HKEY-CURRENT-USER->CONTROLPANEL->DESKTOP->double click on MENUSHOWDISPLAY(default value 400->changed to 50->CLOSE->REBOOT, system ok, All apps open with no delays or errors. This is the stage where I'd like your advice. From restart to load desktop, is around 50 secs, Then there is a period of INNACTIVITY(HD indicator off)for around the 45sec mark, Then the HD becomes active for around 1m 15secs, then stops, then all is ready to go. Is there a setting that I've missed that can be adjusted, that can shorten the 45sec period of innactivity, to get this rig running faster at bootup? All the changes above have made a dramatic difference, but would like to squeeze out a little more. Your ideas would be appreciated. Cheers.