Hi, Hope someone out there has some ideas for me. All of my apps seem to take a LONG time to load the FIRST TIME I load them. (About 8 seconds for Word, Excel, Outlook, Perfectdisk, Firefox, IE, etc.). After that, they load very quickly. I recently built a new machine: ASUS P4P800E mobo, P4 3.0E, Seagate SATA 80GB drive (NOT RAID), 512 (256*2) MB PC3200 RAM, ATI 9600XT graphics. Also have a WD 80 GB ATA-133 drive on Promise adapter card for backups. XP2 Pro was succesfully loaded and am running w/SP2. Norton Internet Sec (autoprotect excluded for MS Office), anti-spam off. MS Anti-spyware beta. I am comparing this to my work machine: 80 GB IDE drive, McAfee Security, 512 MB RAM. Programs always load quickly there. Any hints as to why it's only slow on first load? How can I be sure Windows knows I have a SATA drive and is not doing some kind of emulation?