Just make sure you have nothing else loading at startup, eg firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, no volume control, no clock, no other utilities that you have installed and set to load at startup.
But I would have to say that having no firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware will leave your system at risk from hackers and any viruses or other malware floating around the internet.
I'm not sure why you would want to do that. The extra 20-30 seconds or so that it takes the system to fully load itself up so that you are ready to go and fully protected is not such a major catastrophe is it?
I would like to know if theres a way to get the connection to start first.
Compaq 6027 US
XP Home SP3