When I open task-monitor just after start-up, it has a lot of programs running in the background. I know you need explorer and systray, but what about the other ones? I have some files called LoadPowerProfiles, LoadQM, StateMgr.exe, MP_S3.exe and ssdpsrv.exe. Do I really need these files, or are they just taking up memmory? I do not have any programs in the startup folder, and I've not asked any programs to execute on startup, so I'm wondering if I should disable these files, and stick with only explorer and systray.
ok. Waht you actually need in there (doing this tru MSconfig would be easier) is
Task bar display controls
Load power profile
if you've got an ATI video card anything that starts ATI needs to stay...
After that all of the others are a waste of space.
(also, Given that you've got Win ME... It it actually needs something it'll put it back...)
There are times i really HATE win ME for doing that.