Okay this one has me stumped. I just reformatted my hard drive, installed windows and the updates, and now it takes about 3 to 4 minutes to boot up. It hangs between the windows start and the welcome screen for about 2 minutes. I have not changed anything, all devices are the same and it worked just perfectly before. I am running windows xp professional. P4 2.60 GHZ, HP, 512 mBS DDR 400, MSI 6278 motherboard. Maxtor 80 gb Harddrive. I have checked the bios settings but it appears okay. I changed the timeout on the boot.ini file to 10 seconds but no help. I hope someone has a solution.