Okay, I'm not expecting Photoshop to open right up, but it takes 17 minutes exactly from the time I click the start button til its completely loaded. I know this is probably stupid, but I have zillions of plugins, actions, gradients, etc, but I use most all of them. What takes the longest to load is the preferences, which I find odd. I'm running CS2...don't care for CS3. I was reading something about the scratch disk, but that would mean I'd have to have my computer reformated and partitioned and I don't want to do that right now. Can anyone tell me if there is something else I can do? I work with very large files...I do photo retouching for photographers and this makes it run slower. Can I put these extra's somewhere else? Thanks in advance.