Gang, I've done a ton of googling and I'm not getting anywhere because I believe I'm not asking the right questions due to a lack of knowledge. I have a desktop running XP. At any given time using our standard user profile there are a ton of processes running. They include: - Antivirus - a ton of software to make various device auto-connect when connected (4 different camera specific programs, GPS programs, data back-up programs for 2 different external hard drives etc.) - Software like iTunes, blackberry etc. - tons of other applications that seem to run in the background...and that I don't want to mess with. In our normal profile, I don’t want to change any of this because the computer in its normal use (email, web-surfing, and interacting with devices) is doing the job just fine, even if the resources are pretty strapped. What I would like to do is to be able to either logout from our normal profile, or somehow re-boot – either to a very stripped down profile with the minimum of background processes or some “safe mode” or something similar that enables a bare-bones operating system. Once I’m in that mode, the idea would be to install or use different games (I don’t have an Xbox or PS3) only in this mode, knowing that normal computing will not be available here. The idea is that the games themselves will run faster/better in this kind of environment. Can anybody guide me as to whether these ideas make any sense, and if so how I could go about this (or what search terms to use to find the instructions)? Thanks in advance.