initialising version 99.8.1

I am very new to Siril, boy it’s gonna be a steep learning curve. First thing, I installed version 99.8.1 a few days ago and at first it started quickly but as the days have passed it’s getting slower to launch last night it took 7 whole minutes to start from the initial double click. I have an i7 and 32GB ram

Which OS are you using? Can you provide any logs?

Sorry for the delay in replying to your reply… I am using fully up to date Windows10, no idea where to get log files from, looked in the siril folder and in event viewer and can’t see anything siril related.
It is still taking minutes to launch and when trying to browse to open files takes minutes too.
System i7 32GB SSD480GB with 209GB free used as working dir.