First off, my X has a computer science degree and has always been knowledgeable about that stuff, so in the past my X was the one that built our computers, set them up, maintained, and fixed problems. I tried to ask questions and learn, but... well... if you are married you probably already know why that did not work out so well. Anyway, I am having a problem with my laptop when I start it up. It takes a long time for the processor speed to drop below 65%. I did try to look up what causes that and I am a bit more confused that I was in the beginning. My initial reaction was to find the program that is attached to this process and make it stop, or, just remove it altogether. Then I run into an issue about how important the process is to the overall operation of the computer. For example I noticed a Lucoms.exe process running at random times taking up a ton of processor speed. I did a search and after sifting through all the BS, I found a solution that was easier than I thought. When I run "msconfig.exe" I can see the start up processes, also I can click on Start/Programs/Startup and see a list there as well. I have not figured out yet why they do not have the same lists though. Any help clearing that up for me would be greatly appreciated. Now I have two processes that take up a TON of processor time when I startup; one is "pctsSvc.exe" and the other is "RTHDCPL.exe". The former takes up about 50% of the processor for the first two minutes and the latter takes up 99% of the processor after a minute or two has passed. Right now I assume these are what has my laptop taking days to load. From my research I will try a check the box and reboot solution, then I am just going to remove it through MSconfig. The latter one must be an error or something because the process is a part of my Real Tech Audio Control. Which, I assume I need to have and cannot remove. This is all crap. Stuff appearing on our computers without approval, updates happening in the background doing only God knows what, force updates and force shutdowns are BS. It is like these computers run us. Each newer version has even more problems than the previous, however it looks pretty. Ok, sorry for the ranting. Any help with regards to the above process and how to remove them or not have them cause the laptop to take ten minutes to be ready to go, would be greatly appreciated. Also, any helpful sites, links, etc. that I could read/research this topic generally, would be very helpful. I am just trying to understand how to clean my computer up so that it works like it should. When I purchased the laptop it had thirty something processes running, now that number is in the mid seventies. Again, any help or advice on how I can make my laptop run faster would be greatly appreciated. The laptop is 2.5 years old and is soooo much slower than it used to be. Thanks in advance, if there was info that I left out that would be needed to give suggestions, please feel free to ask.