Here is the description: Dell laptop, Pentium M 1.3GHz, 384mb RAM, 25gb harddrive. The computer still has about 10gigs of free harddrive space, it is spyware free, and there are few if any unneccesary/unwanted startup programs. However, there are MANY programs installed on this computer... the Start Menu/Programs list is 3 columns long. It is an accountant's computer, and most of the programs are all accounting type software. The computer takes an extremely long time to start up. Not only does it take a long time to load programs at startup, it takes a long time to even get to the windows log on screen. What can be done to speed this computer up? I'd like to hear some ideas that don't involve re-formatting the drive, simply because of the sheer number of programs involved and the probable lack of their install discs. Thanks for any help.