You like dragons?
That's probably one of the things that sounds easy enough on paper.
I suppose I should start fooling around in MSCONFIG, but there are certain OEM programs that are loaded on start-up to ensure media-key functionality and the hard-disk parking mechanisms work properly, and once I disable it, somehow, it'll stay broken even if re-enabled, so it's a bit of a tough thing.
I'll try to see what I can do with it, though. Keep in mind that application load times after a complete boot still probably stinks.
EDIT: Huh. Even after doing a diagnostic boot, it boots awfully slow. And even when I cherry-pick my apps to load, it still takes a long time - over three minutes - and I had to System Restore the missing functionality since using Normal Startup did nothing with them.
I think I'm going to contemplate getting a SSD or a hybrid.