I am currently using WinXP Pro SP2 with all the critical updates and some of the software / hardware updates via Windows update. My issue is that every time I boot up, I will see the desktop after loggin in but it will be iconless and start-bar-less for a good minute or so while the CPU does nothing. I can open the task manager to confirm nothing is/seems to be going on. Then all of a sudden the CPU usage goes up and everything loads. After a lot of trial and error and a ton of reboots the source of my problem is the Plug and Play service. The issue is gone when I disable it via msconfig, but I imagine that's not a good service to have disabled so I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas what the problem might be. Thanks!