Friend of mine just bought a pretty well optioned laptop - 3G Ram, etc. Vista (not sure which Version - I just read that post about "which version is right for you" which I am forwarding to him) He says it takes at least two minutes to open. Actually, this is the 2nd person I know with a new laptop and a slow Vista. The other one, though, only has 256 ram - his wife bought it for him and she was apparently unaware of a number of needful things. Anyway - I know just about enuf to be dangerous, so decided to come to the experts - (I've been wondering, myself, how to prevent a number of app's that open automatically every time I boot in XP Home sp2, I think I found that answer though) He's got a couple decent security programs, but not near enough of them. I'm of course most highly recommending this forum to him, which BTW has been of so much help to me the past couple years from a security standpoint! (We found on the other guy's Vista that Zone Alarm doesn't work on Vista) It seems I read someplace recently about a few simple tips on how to speed Vista up, did a Google and of course got way too many hits, many of which at least sound suspicious - little apps (of course for sale) that supposedly do this or that. As always, really appreciate your help!