I use still V10.10c, the latest version without Armadillo. UltraEdit starts in one second on all my machines (Win95 Pentium 166 MHz, Win98 Celeron 500 MHz, WinXP Pentium4 2 GHz).
I also tried the latest 10.20 version and it starts as fast as the v10.10c.
But there are two reasons, why UltraEdit starts so fast.
First, I have set UltraEdit to store everything in the INI file and nothing in the registry. I use still the old V8.xx toolbar and menus, which are stored in the INI file (ini settings also manually sorted alphabetically). Loading settings from a 18 kB INI file is simply much faster than loading it from a 600 kB (Win95), 4.5 MB (Win98) or 16 MB (WinXP) registry, which is not sorted, often fragmented and contains still deleted data, even if you can't see the deleted data with regedit any more.
Second, my computers are extremly optimized for speed.
I killed every unneeded autostart program with Autoruns
You can find the informations about your autostart programs in the internet. Delete autostart entries only, if you are sure, it is save. WinXP users can create a restore point before playing with the autostart entries.
I remove the "deleted" WinXP registry entries with NTRegOpt
. On Win9x start in MS-DOS-Mode and run this batch file (REGOPT.BAT) for recreating an optimized registry.
----- REGOPT.BAT -----
echo Extracting registry data ...
regedit /e FULL.REG
echo Make registry backup ...
attrib -r -h -s SYSTEM.DA?
attrib -r -h -s USER.DA?
if exist SYSTEM.DA0 del SYSTEM.DA0 >nul
if exist USER.DA0 del USER.DA0 >nul
ren SYSTEM.DAT SYSTEM.DAO
ren USER.DAT USER.DAO
echo Recreate registry ...
regedit /c FULL.REG
del FULL.REG >nul
echo Registry optimization finished - reboot !!!
----- REGOPT.BAT -----Change the drive letter in line 2, if Win9x is not installed on drive C.
Clean up your hard disk with windows Disk Cleanup (cleanmgr.exe) in the start menu - Programs - Accessories - System Tools. On WinXP click on More Options and Clean Up System Restore before executing the Disk Cleanup to delete old system restore point data. Manually delete everything in the %windir%\Temp directory and on WinXP in the %windir%\prefetch directory. Other temporary files are harder to clean up and needs expert knowledge.
Defragment the drives with windows defragmentation tool.
On WinNT/Win2K use PageDefrag
to defrag the registry, pagefile.sys and other permanently used system files.
You can find many other useful optimization tips in the internet. If your PC needs more than 45 seconds to start (measured from pressing the power button till windows fully has finished), your machine can still be optimized.
And don't forget to optimize your virus scanner. The are several options, which are save to be changed and increases performance a lot.