I'll try disabling and uninstalling all the toshiba software that I can, I'm actually on a different system at the moment. I guess I overlooked disabling updaters. I have, however, disabled many start-up programs. Start-up time isn't so much an issue for me. I don't mind waiting a few more seconds at start-up. I mainly need responsiveness while using audio programs and while playing media (along with the usual internet browsing).