I used Black Viper and more to optimize my p3-600 based Acer TER-600 with 256MB RAM (hint, you didn't tell what you had or...) to get it to boot in 4 minutes flat (hint hint you didn't write exactly how long.)
Since I knew it could do better I kept an eye out for clues about where the bottleneck was. One day I was doing some video processing with my software (which I wrote) and noted that it was slow on a simple task. It turned out the hard disk was sluggish.
79 bucks later and a new 5400 RPM 40 GB hard disk was fitted. I ghosted over the same image and it booted in just under 2 minutes.
No amount of twiddling could have done that.
I'm running Windows 2000 Professional on my Dell Inspiron 8100, and it seems to take an extraordinarily long time to boot up. I have current Norton AntiVirus/ Internet Security and Run Ad-Aware regularly. Any ideas on what the problem is or how I can improve start-up performance? Thanks!