Progressive slowing of Vista boot-up; work-thru available?

My old man and mother-in-law each have a near new Acer aspire with Vista home premium as OEM. Both laptops are only used for minimal internet/email, neither has anything significant added to the OEM install. One runs Kaspersky, the other has Systemsuite - neither with any previous problems. Both PCs are well maintained in terms of de-fragging disk & registry, etc.

The boot-up time of both PCs has progressively deteriorated from c. 30 secs down to about 7-10 minutes, including long periods with the "vista black screen".

Looking around the web, this is obviously a very common problem. I've tried most of the solutions that have worked for some people, but to no avail.

- disk defragmented (minimal frag)
- registry de-frag & fix
- start menu clean-up (using Startup Commander)
- delete contents of pre-fetch folder
- check that AV is not scanning at boot-up (no previous problem here)

I was wondering if anyone has come across either a very good fix-it utility, or a comprehensive work-through that will eliminate the problem?
The only thing I can recommend is some tools from Auslogic. their defraggers are pretty good. I use them quite often but then i'm on XP...


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