It would be nice to know however, if you're relatively inept at running a computer, what all those programs ARE that are running! I open msconfig? It looks like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me, and I end up x'ing out completely frustrated because it isn't written in plain English what in the heck each one is! If there was just a nice clear list somewhere of what CANNOT be shut down, that would be extremey helpful! My computer is only 2 months old but I'm having the exact problem as the poster is here and have been for at least a month..It has been awful, and I know there is a LOT running on msconfig but have NO IDEA what I can shut down or not shut down! ITS SO FRUSTRATING!!