I was also a big Black Viper fan to tolerate early Vista, and used him like a Bible in XP, but trust me it is not at all necessary in Windows 7 which genius is in setting most services on quick triggers.
The startup issues you have Nolephin are best troubleshot in the Event Viewer using Google, and by enabling Boot Logging using F8 at bootup, so you can check the log over time and detect the faulty driver
or software as it fails to load.
I had a multi-minute startup on Vista laptop last year which I spent several weeks learning how to troubleshoot, mostly Googling relentlessly until I became familar with the Event errors, then fixing them one by one.
And the boot logging gives you suspect drivers
/software to disable for testing, reinstall, or replace.
All that said, I am still very much a novice at startup troubleshooting so hopefully keeping this bumped will attract more knowledgeable techies.