Admitting that I probably have more little utility programs lurking in my Windows XP boot-up than I should, I find that I often start using the system without knowing that the boot-up process has not yet finished. As a result, the first few actions taken - opening applications or whatever - often hang up briefly while the boot-up finishes its work.
A simple solution would be a small pop-up window (or whatever equivalent a good programmer can develop) to show a message on the screen simply saying something to the effect: "BOOT PROCESS HAS COMPLETED" or "YOUR SYSTEM IS NOW READY FOR USE" --- you get the idea.
In addition, a bit more complicated perhaps, would be to expand on it and provide a simple alert - very simple - should any of the start-up processes or applications fail to properly boot-up. Something like "BOOT PROCESS HAS COMPLETED - No Errors" or "BOOT PROCESS HAS COMPLETED - Avira Anti-Virus Failed to Load Properly" would provide notice that perhaps I should consider rebooting the system.
Perhaps something in a simplified format already exists - but I think a simple utility of this type would be very useful to those of us who keep a fairly complex system with many start-up processes or applications slowing down the boot-up process.
Thanks in advance to all your ideas and efforts.