I have had my Dell laptop for nearly 4 years now. And from almost the moment I took it out of the box, it has been sluggish to boot up. Every Windows based PC takes FOREVER to boot. Even if it gets to the log-in screen fast, it still takes at least 2 minutes before you can load a program. The thing I LOVE about Macs is that once you see the desktop, you are ready to go. No need to sit and wait while the computer pounds away for a few minutes while you stare at the desktop and wait.