Hi, this is my first post :)
It takes my laptop about 5 minutes to complete startup (till hard disk light stops continuous flashing and I can quickly open any application). I have had this problem now for several months.
I don't think I can reformat my system (unless there is no other way) because backing up my files and reinstalling the sofware (too many I have) is a nightmare.
I have a toshiba satellie laptop, 2.2 GHz and 512 RAM, running WinXP home edition service pack 1 with the latest windows updates. I have Trend Micro Internet Security 11 (PC-cillin). A quick look at my "All Programs" is enclosed here as it might help.