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Thanks for the suggestion Daniele. Unfortunately that did not solve the issue.
BTW, I also did reboot after changing the setting just to make sure that the new setting took.
Thank you for your post.
Obviously, something has changed, so let's assume it is FileMaker Pro. There are too many factors to consider, so the best course of action would be to uninstall and reinstall FileMaker Pro 9. This ensures all files, including extensions, are new.
If after reinstallation FileMaker Pro is slow to start, then you have a different issue with your system. It could be a simple defragmentation of the hard drive, or you may have to reinstall your OS.
Thanks to all who helped. First, it wasn't the Filemaker software. I had already tried uninstall and reinstall with no resolution to the problem. I had to reinstall my system, which did correct the problem.
This also gave me the chance to finally test reinstalling the backup image that I had created this winter using Acronis. Everything went fine.
As Foghorn Leghorn says, "Fortunately I keep my feathers number for just such an emergency!"
Very probably, the reason for the slow startup is a printer that has been selected and is not available anymore afterwards.
I get this all the time at customers - I mean, when coming back from customers...:-)
FileMaker tries to find that printer on startup.
Simply removing the default printer with regedit solves the issue.
The suggestion to remove printers worked for me. I just used the printers/faxes control panel and Filemaker started up during the process. In my case another network change loaded me up the "Auto" added shared printers. Thanks!