start,run,type regedit,to start the registry editor, follow these directions to the letter,goto HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet, click on Control, double click on WaitToKillService(Timeout) and change the data value to 40, click on OK and exit registry editor....TT
Startup is about 1 min 50 seconds in Windows ME. Recently applied the latest critical updates, though no reason to suspect this would cause the current problem.
While looking at the IE advanced options for something that might cause this, I noticed that the text was missing on the first item under browsing, and the first item under security. Very odd. click here
Probably a red-herring too, but curious nonetheless.