Hi, this is not about start up progs slowing w2k start up as i only have 4 progs to start in w2k. But when i start up i cannot use any taskbar icons and the wallpaper takes at least 3-4 mins to show itself.........so i cannot use the desktop, where as w2k was starting normally last week. Sometimes i get the windows fault screen about active destop before things turn to normal. I am using an xp wallpaper, never had problem before. I have looked at active desktop reactivating but this does not solve it. Many thanks.