boot up issue, took the pc a few minutes sometimes to boot up, some times it booted delayed like what you are describing as well. Download teh intel driver package and install and see if it works better.
will definitely look into this when I get home.
If your version of Windows isn't genuine, whoever packed it probably removed the Windows splash screen you normally see during start-up.
My uncle works for Microsoft, so I doubt an employee store copy isn't genuine .