And I quote:
If you are asking for help to troubleshoot a computer-related problem, please be sure to include all the necessary information (ie: operating system, model number, hardware, software, etc) that will help others identify your problem for a speedy resolution.
We're going to need more details IOW. Just list anything and everything, we'll sort out what's useful and what isn't.
xpsp2 has a 30 second delay between opening a browser and connecting to any home page. Any suggestions?