Each time I start up my Sony Viao laptop, and after the sign in page (on XP), a window opens entitled "Common File". All I do is close the window down and the desktop icons establish themselves as normal.
It seems to delay the desktop activating itself and just slows down an already slow start up procedure.
Thx for your help, I tried what you advised and it has cured the problem. Should the "normal start up" be ticked, or selective? My next challenge is to flatten the laptop as the performance is mega slow and has all sorts of crap on it. I have tried the usual defrag etc etc, but still makes no difference. If anyone has any quick tips on how to clean out "stuff" which may make a diiference to performance, then my mind is open!
Great website, at last a source of information I can trust!