My Windows 2000 system(and I think most Windows 2000 systems) boots very slowly. It takes 20 seconds at the splash screen with no disk activity. What's it doing at the splash screen? What can I do to speed up the boot process? I have tried (as you can see below) all the possible registry tweaks and software settings. Now I'm looking towards hardware to be causing the problem. It seems that it's either my PCI network card or my ISA modem and sound card.
Safe mode exempts the same problem, and even Windows 2000 Setup (loading the kernel at the beginning) has the same delay.
I'm starting to believe it's just a CPU speed issue. I'm buying a new AMD system (1 GHz) in a few weeks, so I'll tell you the results. But since the delay occurs right at the beginning when the kernel is loaded, it's either VERY BAD architecture (ISA, etc.) or a CPU speed issue since MS recommends at least a Pentium III 333 MHz for Win2k, and I have a Pentium III 266 MHz.
However, this doesn't explain why my 386 ALWAYS boots (Windows 95) faster than my Pentium II boots it (Windows 95) back when I had it installed (and this was until March 1999 when I got Windows 98). I even did a race to see which computer would boot Windows 95 OSR2 fastest. The result: The 386 won by 10-15 seconds! Can't believe it, eh?