It takes about 4 minutes for my Compaq V2000 laptop to boot-up using WinXP Home with SP3. NORMAL boot-up invokes 58 processes, 107 services, 489 modules, 215 drivers , 25 startup and 29 IP connections. SAFE MODE boot-up invokes 12 processes, 107 services, 158 modules, 215 drivers, 25 startup and 0 IP connections. I am certain that many of the normal boot-up items are loaded for programs that I scarcely use. How do I figure out which of the normal boot up items is really needed and which are not needed? If I turn off a truely needed program in the Start Up folder can I do damage to my PC?