Ok, here is my question, how can i make windows XP SP2 start faster? i kno this question has being asked many times and i mean many times, but for some reason the answers and all cant seem to work with my computer so hopefully one person can help me determine my situation. My windows will take about 2min 30sec and some other time it has taken about 3mins and plus to start up (n yes i kno many are going to say that is not bad) but what makes it bad is the fact that i have Intel Q6700 2.67Ghz unOC with 2GB PC6400 800Mhz Ram Sli Ready on a EVGA 780i MOBO and while my friend has a Intel Pentium D 2.4Ghz it will start faster than mine. I know my computer when shutting down it will take no more than 7sec from the time i ask it to shut down until it does (i timed it) But when it starts it takes too long for what i expected, especially for what i have seen people only with time to start up When i start up my computer will automically start up this several programs 1. CA Internet Security 2008 Suite (antivirus, personal firewall, antispam, web checker, Anti-Spyware, Anti-Phishing) 2. AIM 3. SpeedFan 4.Nvidia GPU OC Program (precision) thats all i have starting up with the computer, here is the thing, once my computer while loading it gets to the Blue Welcome Screen, it will stay there for a while then it will go to my normal desktop screen, atleast once it gets there i can click at anythin and it will load immediately, cuz by the that everythin has bein pretty much loaded. Is there somethin else i can do?