This has been mentioned before in the Bootvis thread, but no one seems to want to look at that thread. anyway, the problem i'm having is that windows seems to be stuck on the boot screen for ages before the desktop is fully loaded. Like just now, it was just showing the blue bar sweeping left to right for around 3 full minutes before loading the desktop. i've never experienced such long delay before. i've only installed office, nod32 and spybot S&D (which i normally do). not sure where to start looking for the problem. have a feeling that it could be something to do with WGA notification or one of the the backup drives/partitions that i accidentally set to active. any ideas?