I have a Gateway laptop, running Windows 7 Professional, and it is a 64-bit system type. The laptop uses Pentium Duel Core CPU. The processors are T4200, and run at 2.00 GHz each. The RAM is 3.00, and the Hard Drive has 175 Gb free space. I also run Microsoft Security Essentials. The problem is very slow start-up, and initial opening of everything from a Word file to my Favorites and web sites is painfully slow considering what this machine has. Once an application has been opened, it is very quick after that. This machine came factory with Vista, and I upgraded to 7. The upgrade was from Vista to 7 Pro. However, the upgrade was just that, an upgrade. I never had even 7 home. I did do a custom install on my C drive; formatting it. I also eliminated non-necessary start-up items in Sys Config. Could someone help me with this problem? Is it normal, and tweaking is necessary?