many software programs will add themselves to your start up. I would suspect that over the years this is what has happened. I would not disable all as you do or want certain programs to run at start up. do go to msconfig--click on the start up tab and uncheck those programs that you do not want to run at start up. after you reboot you will receive a error message that (i cannot remember what is says) wants you to go back into msconfig and go back to "normal" start up. disregard this message, you can check the box at the bottom and it will suppress this message as you will now be in "selective start up" this should help with your time frame. Do be careful and do not uncheck any programs that are needed for your computer to run, in another word if you cannot identify what they are then best to leave them alone.
i would also recommend that you go to control panel and remove any programs that you no longer need.
The reason why I'm asking this is because at my start up theres way to many processes running, when my computer first starts up and I open up task manager I got 22 processes running, thats not to bad, but I really can't open anything for like 5 - 10 min because its still loading the other stuff.
5 minutes later I go from 22 processes to like 67 and I have an older computer (with 256MB of RAM, yes I know) and that stuff is killing me.
So my question is in msconfig there is a enable all / disable all option in the startup tab, what happens if I check off disable all and my computer does not boot properly, what do I do?
And in task manager if I terminate something I shouldn't have would a simple restart fix the problem?
Any help appreciated.