FIXES: Yea...after reading posts dating back to 03 on this Explorer version...whatever...initial delay getting to your first page or initial long wait for Outlook Express to connect, I finally came up with what is really going on here. Task manager says 98% cpu eaten up by svchost "NETWORK SERVICE" , which is the whole tcp/ip hand-shake thing. Come to find out...it's been looking for a DNS address in some DNS cache before it has a chance to hook up DHCP style instantly... as it should. The "flushdns" command didn't fix it, however, shutting down the DNS Client did the trick...for me...that is. Your mileage may vary! You can disable the DNS Client in Control Panel, Admin Tools, Services. Select DNS Client, Disable, Stop, then Ok. NOW.....Ie7 was supposed to fix this, but the hang-up was happening in my version w/Sp2. This initial delay business has been going on, at least, since the release of ie6 and a hotfix "KB 907455" was made available for those who were so deeply annoyed they couldn't wait for a service pack. The new ie8 may or may not hang. I just loaded it and so far...so good!