I think a gig of ram may be overkill. My old system running XP ran fine with just 64 megs. My current system has 256 running 2003 server. I can't imagine any of my programs uses any more than that. Having iGuidance and playing a video is probably as much memory I'm ever going to use at once... Anyways, to answer your question, I'm not sure if you can speed it up using the boot.ini but reducing the amount of memory and a faster hard drive always helps.