Then master2k27 recommended turning off the GUI boot. So I did.
From the moment I press enter on "normal startup, until I get a cursor on the black screen"
With the GUI turned on 20.56 seconds
With the GUI turned off 16.53 seconds.
With GUI - 41.81 seconds
Without GUI 34.47 seconds.
Try it for yourself.
To turn off the GUI boot go into Msconfig and click on the boot tab. Then check "No GUI boot". Though I prefer you time your startup time first before you turn it off so you have something to compare it to.
The method I used to time both boot times is this.
I first get the advanced startup menu up by pressing f8. I then select boot normally. I then put one finger on my watch and another on the enter key and press then both at the same time.
Edited by warwagon, 25 October 2009 - 20:38.