I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I've done a torture test on my Windows 7 32-bit machine. it consists of a Nvidia Geforce 6100 nForce video, Nvidia nForce Networking Controller, Hitachi 200GB drive TSST Corp CD\DVDRW drive, , AMD Athalon 64 Processor 3800+. I have installed 106 programs, although not all are 3rd-party programs. the 3rd-party programs are installed to a separate partition. Boot up time has slowed to 1 minute 40 seconds. On my initial "clean" install, boot time was 30 seconds before the icons appeared on the desktop. Obviously I am very disappointed and believe Microsoft specs are just for running Windows with no 3rd-party apps installed. My Windows Vista 32-bit has 180 programs installed, again, not all 3rd-party programs and it boots the same exact time as the Windows 7 machine....1 minute 40 seconds. Has anyone else installed this many apps and did it slow your system down considerably?