Not really sure if this shouldn't be in the Networking forum but here goes: I have a simple 2 computer network direct from one PC to mine via crossover cat5 cable through identical Netgear NICs. Each of these PCs connect to the internet by 56k AOL. I do not want to use internet connection sharing or anything like that, the network is just there so my wife and I can multiplay a few games, file sharing, and to make PC backups easier. Simple enough. When her PC is NOT already on when I boot up, my boot time is pretty good (~30 sec); but when her PC is on, my boot time increases quite a bit (~2 min). The PC will boot to the login as normal, but after I type my password, it will sit there doing nothing for 2 minutes until my desktop appears. During this interval there is no harddrive activity. My wife's PC acts the same way; it boots great only if mine is off. If my PC is on, her boot time suffers similar to mine. I've tried Bootvis and all the optimization steps I can find (including the ones on this site) to no avail. I really think the network is at fault here. I do have one of her drives mapped on my system, but have tried removing the mapping to see if that helps: nada. I used the XP Home Networking Wizard to initially set up this network. Other than this boot delay problem, all seems ok with the network. I get consistently fast file transfer rates so cabling isn't the issue (I've even tried replacing the cable). My system is the one listed below, my wife's is an Athlon700 (slot A) with 128M PC100 (not 2100) RAM, 20Gig WD Harddrive, 4/4/24 Toshiba CDRW, SB AWE sound, Netgear NIC. Does anyone have any idea about how to solve this? Thanks in advance.