For home users who are looking to speed up your computer, particularly, on startup, you need to look at the services and programs that automatically start when Windows Starts.

Just as Mike Bombich has produced some brilliant programs for the Macintosh, Mike Lin has done great work for Windows. Consider, for example, Start Up Control Panel and Start Up Monitor.

With Start Up Control Panel a user can easily understand what is going on in the background as Windows starts. Start Up Monitor gives them control over future installations, which is particularly useful when it comes to spyware and the like.