I run Windows XP Pro (legal version) and for some strange reason the start up sequence seems to to running like treacle, it can take like 5 mins for everything to start up... by that I mean: Norton AV pro Zone Alrms Pro MSM Anti Spys Nostromo and ICQ
When they're finally loaded the computer runs fine with no major problems.
Over to you people, anyone help me out there please?
Other than the Msconfig method which could cause things to go wrong, you can also go into those programs themselves and go into their options. From there, you should be able to find options to turn them off from starting whenever Windows boots up. All you really need to stay starting up are your antivirus and firewall programs.
Another thing to speed up booting is bootvis. You used to be able to get this from MS but it is no longer available from them. You might though be able to find it if you dig around online for a bit. Search for bootvis.exe. If you manage to find it just install it and open it, then choose optimise. It can make a very noticeable difference.