I've got an XP machine that was upgraded from windows 98. (Yes, I know not the best way, but some of the software that was installed on this machine was stolen when my car was broken into, and a fresh XP install would lose it) Under both 98 and XP configurations, something weird happens. If you open up a new program, the machine seems to just ignore the command for about 15-30 seconds. No process or application pops up in the task manager until after this pause, with the computer idle task still chugging away normally as if no command were given, and then suddenly the program appears and launches normally. Once the program is running it seems to work fine with no delays. Any ideas what might be causing this strange pause? No virii were found on the computer.