I'll warn you now. Youre going to be told to search or you will be flamed. Anyhow. 25 seconds to boot!? Wow. What are you running? My fairly mid-grade computer with XP takes about 14 seconds at most from a cold boot. About half of that coming out of hibernation. Dont use standby, that isnt a efficient solution because the computer would be semi-on so that it can power the memory. Hibernation is the best alternative to a pure shutdown. Strip Windows of all software, add-ons, and services that are not needed. And of course use and .