I have noticed that svchost.exe (system) is active and using 100% cpu for about 4 minutes after bootup. The bootup itself also takes about 4 minutes. Maybe I simply have too many programmes installed. I realise that more information may be required so ask away.
My pc is AMD 1800+, ddram 512 Mb, Win XP Home, 2 hdd (80 and 120 Gig)
That is usually the problem - all the programmes which start at bootup. There are a few startup managers listed on the snapfiles freeware page click here but I haven't tried any of them. There is also plenty of info on windows startup programmes on blackvipers website click here Just put a query for this in the "Search" option.
Thanks again for your input and those shortcuts. I have put them into my Favourites and will; go through the suggestions. My first worry was that some nasty programme was trying to get on line when I started up but I don't think that that is the case. Have been having a look with Highjack This and can identify most of the contents and can probably remove some of them.