This started about a week ago and only from a cold boot, restarts are not affected. When I turn on my PC, it runs the normal BIOS activity and goes to the Full Logo screen before I get to my OS choice menu, normally this takes a few seconds, I choose my OS and then boots in a matter of seconds. The issue, is now it takes a full 3 minutes to go from the (BIOS) Full Logo to the Windows 8 OS Menu. No BSOD's, no error messages and no errors in Event Viewer, well 1, and I'm pretty certain it has no barring. If I select F2 (BIOS Settings) or F10 (Menu Settings) it still takes 3 minutes for my selection to open. I thought it may have been a program I installed, no. I set the BIOS to all defaults, no change, changed them back, didn't make a difference. I've also removed 2 of the original memory sticks (1Gb ea.), no change. This system has been running great since I got from my neighbor (for free), he was having problems with it, it turned out to be a bad monitor connection and 1 faulty 512Mb memory stick (3Gb total, 2-1Gb sticks & 2-512Mb sticks) I cleaned it up, installed additional 4Gb's DDR2 Corsair memory, added 2 more Seagate 320Gb drives and a 480w Cooler Master SATA PSU. It a Gateway/eMachines ET1161-03, that had Windows Vista Home Premium x86 and now has Vista Ultimate x64, 7 x64 and 8 CP x64. Any thoughts on this or should I just live with it? Thanks Don BTW, didn't know where else to put this as this does not seem to be a Windows issue. Thanks again.