The slow start has re-appeared, and I have determined what the cause is but not the reason for the slow start. If the laptop is put to sleep and then waken up, Helicon Focus will have a very long startup time (1-1/2 to 2 minutes as described in my first post). This does not happen, however, if the computer is started from an "off" state or after a "Restart". It seems that sleep mode does something that causes Helicon Focus to do a lot of searching when starting up if the computer has had a sleep operation. Any help to resolve this issue would be appreciated, as it is a pain to have to restart the computer in order to use Helicon Focus.