Okay, I don't know if this is just me or if this is par for the course. When I boot into XP from VMware, it does so at normal speed. If I boot into Boot Camp, it takes 1-2 minutes to load my "personal settings". That doesn't seem right to me. Is this normal? Also, I had been running Parallels by itself (not hooking into Boot Camp) and used an external HD as a shared drive. If I double clicked on a file from inside Parallels, it loaded like it was native to XP. When I do the same with VMware (opening a file on a shared drive hooked through Boot Camp), it takes a good 30-45 seconds and seems like it is using a lot of memory. Is this because of Boot Camp, VMware or a little of both? I'm thinking about uninstalling VMware (I'm on a trail) and installing Parallels hooking into Boot Camp. 1. Will this just screw everything up on my Boot Camp partition? (I know how little XP likes installing and uninstalling things). 2. Will Parallels run Boot Camp faster? Thanks for your feedback!