Hi Evjl's Rain
My own Acer lap top has begun dragging for more than a few seconds during startups too!
I've since disabled some startup programs, Zemana among them, so it's either not quite as sluggish anymore, or I might just be fooling myself!
Our installed Emsisoft I.S. now has less than 2 months remaining, but it's eye opening
to read here that these slow-ish startups have not only been me!
Slimjet has long been my favorite Chromium Browser (currently installed on our linux systems). Maybe it's time to get it back as a portable Windows version too.
Since you use O & O Shut up,
and privacy is a great concern, you might consider turning Microsoft account to a "local" one as others (staff here) have illustrated it effects more personal privacy protection.
To do this, follow these steps:
- Click on the Windows symbol
- Find, & <click> on your own Windows avatar (picture)
- Choose "Change Account Settings"
- Below your name/picture you may choose "Sign in with local account instead"
Thank you for sharing your configuration, experiences, ..and inspiration to improve performance with us!