First my config - WIN 7 SP1 and NIS 2013. I also have Zemana Antiloggger paid installed and will add a comment about that at the end of this post. I installed EMET 3.5 about a week ago and immediately had slow boot issues with all the different configs. So I uninstalled EMET 3.5 and installed ver. 3.0. Same boot issues persisted. Did some research and everything was pointing to NIS 2013 being the culprit. At this time, I had NIS 2013 boot protection set to normal. Setting boot protection to off improved things somewhat but I did not like the lack of protection. More research and found a posting in the Norton forums about setting boot protection to aggressive resolving a lot of boot conflicts with other startup software. Something along the lines that ccsvchst.exe and other realtime protections loading early plus this also allowed for earlier desktop initialization. Whalla that did it; no more boot hang ups. Go figure I have also seen evidence that NIS 2013 is interfering with Zemana Antilogger. So presently, I have also excluded EMET 3.0 and Zemana Antilogger from NIS 2013 realtime protections.