Messed around with OSS have you? Took the bat to the comp for slow boot have you? Uninstalled OSS and STILL slow boot? Deleted bootwiz.sys in C:\ I've always hid the system protected files and while trouble shooting something I enabled it only to notice that bootwiz.sys has been there all along and is not a known system file. So, after a little research, I took the axe to it and rebooted. 18 Windows bars---to 3 Windows bars.. boot time saved: 45 secs. Thanks a lot Acronis.