I started in computing in 1982, and finally I have a machine that does everything I want it to "instantly"! I just finished building a new PC with a fast processor and an SSD drive as the main HDD. Loaded with Windows 7, it launches everything I try instantly*, from Word and Excel to Pegasus Mail and the various browsers. *Probably less than 1 second, certainly too short to be worth timing... It will be interesting to see how long it takes Windows to build up crud over time until this is no longer the case - my experience with all pre-7 versions of Windows is that they will gradually slow and slow for no real reason. BTW, if you haven't upgraded for a few years and you're thinking about it, I really recommend it. My previous PC was no slouch (Core 2 Duo E6850 processor and XP with every speed tweak I've discovered over the years) but what a difference 3 years makes!