|Still trying to resolve this; hate to just write off this machine. I did as suggested and turned off all Startup items. There were only two: MS Security Essentials and Ctfmon.exe... not sure what that is. This made very little difference, but I did find another MS application running, MsMpEng.exe, part of Windows Defender (which I don't have installed), but evidently it's also used for some MS antimalware utility that may be part of Security Essentials, but still runs even when S.E. is set not to start. Anyhow, here are some benchmark times for things happening, both before these things were stopped from running and then afterward. The time in minutes and seconds from turning the computer on is given in this form: x:xx/x:xx for before/after.|
Desktop image comes up: 3:30/2:50
Start and taskbar appear: 4:13/2:56
Able to click on Internet Explorer: 5:30/4:07
IE finishes loading and works: 14:50/7:28
Again, once you wait until this point everything seems to work okay; good surfing speed, programs open, etc. Is it possible for the computer to show the extra memory I installed in the BIOS screen, and also for the memory to test good with Memtest_86, and have the memory still not truly be active? I thought I might go back to the original 256M of memory and try the boot time test again.
Good note about the drivers, but how do you test this? Going into Safe Mode, where minimum drivers are installed, makes very little difference.