Optimizing Startup Menu

Video Covering Optimizing Startup Menu – Part of our Fix Slow Computer tutorial found on  https://www.pctechguide.com/how-to-fix-your-slow-computer

Transcription of Video:

Hi, this is Jacob with pctechguide.com. This is part four in our video series of “How to Speed Up Your Slow Computer” because there isn’t just one reason why your computer’s slow. There’s probably multiple reasons. And we’re just covering all the basic ones. So in the description below here on the YouTube channel, we do have our YouTube channel in there for “How to Speed Up Your Slow Computer.” And in that video series there, we’re going to list several different ways. So be sure and check out the other videos too as well because chances are it’s not just one thing. It’s several things slowing down your computer. And in each video, we’re going through just one quick way of speeding up your computer.

And this one, this is probably going to be one of the more important videos that we do. And it’s going to cover startup manager. So when your computer first starts up, you have all these auto-starting programs. And so if we look in actually the system tray down over here, we’re going to see that there is a lot already in there. Now, every program you install nowadays pretty much wants to be in there. Back in the day, it was Kodak EasyShare was the number one software that everybody had on their computer but nobody ever used. And for you, it might be Skype, whatever that program is. You probably have a lot of them. So the number one thing I’d recommend is to hit the Windows Start button. Go into the Control Panel. And then go to Uninstall a Program. And go through all your programs and just uninstall the programs you’re not going to use anymore.

And we’re going to see that, hey, I got quite a bit of them in here that . . . I just installed this in my last video, which I’m going to install now. I don’t need it, and CCleaner does auto-start on me, and it does auto-try to get an update. So go through, and if you’re not using the software program anymore, uninstall it. This is actually going to help free up a little bit of disk space too as well, which is nice. And it’s something I need to do is I need to go in through here and delete all the programs I’m not using anymore.

Once you remove these programs here, they won’t be auto-starting on you anymore because they just won’t be installed anymore. Now, not all programs you’re going to want to eliminate. So you’re like, well, I definitely still use, let’s say, Skype, right? But I don’t want it starting up when my computer starts up because I just don’t use it that often. But I do use it. So in my case, I use it every day. But this is just an example.

So this is what I’m going to do is I’m going to go to the Run command here. I’m going to type in msconfig, C-O-N-F-I-G, and go ahead, hit Enter. And what this is going to do is it’s going to bring up the system configuration menu. So I am going to go to Startup. And it’s very important that you don’t really touch these other services because you can really hose over your computer. Now, I’m going to go under the Startup menu here. This is what I’m going to do is I’m going to go through these and uncheck the ones that I know for sure that I don’t want auto-starting on me. And some of these, you’re going to be able to easily tell what they are, and other ones, you’re not going to be able to tell.

Now, what you don’t want to do is just uncheck everything, disable all, because some of these are going to be needed services for your computer to start properly. However, you can go through and make a pretty estimated guess at saying, “Well, you know what? This one says ‘Unknown.’ It’s NVIDIA Corporation. I know that’s my NVIDIA update,” rigt? So it says, “NVIDIA Update Core.” So you can go through this and take a look. This is where a registry cleaner can help you out. And we do have a link in the bottom of the description, besides our YouTube channel, we have a link to a registry cleaner I’ve used here that you can check out.

Now, I don’t use registry cleaners really to clean the registry. That’s a thing of the past, to be honest. But it can be used to really easily gauge which programs shouldn’t be auto-starting, which ones can be. So in my particular experience, no, I don’t really care about the updater program there. I just don’t need it.

Adobe Updater Startup Utility, yeah, Adobe needs to be updated. So I’ll keep that one. But you can go through this and say, “Well, I have all these Adobe ones in here. Do I need them all?” And just go through and let’s say, “Okay, well, I don’t use Dropbox really that often at all. I don’t really care about the Google update. I update it myself. I don’t use Andy anymore. I don’t use Dropbox.” So you can go through this, “And Samsung Electronics, that’s going to be for my phone for when I sync. Hauppauge and WinTV, I uninstalled these cards years ago, but this stuff’s still in there, right? So if I uninstall these programs, they won’t be there anymore. But let’s say, “Well, I might reinstall that card. So I want to keep it. And I want to keep Dropbox, but I just don’t want it auto-starting on me.” So I’ll go ahead and keep that and hit Apply and then hit OK.

So right now, you’re going to be asked to restart or exit without restarting. In this case, I’m going to just exit without restarting. When you do restart your computer, I do recommend you just go ahead and restart it now. Now, when your computer boots back up, it’s going to come up with another dialogue box telling you that Windows configuration has changed. Just hit the “Don’t show this message again” and then hit

. So that’s when your computer restarts. It’s just letting you know that changes were made. In this case, I’m going to go ahead and hit “Exit without restart” because I’m not restarting my computer, just yet anyways.

So that’s it for this video. Fairly easy to do when optimizing your Startup menu. It’s probably one of the things that’s going to give you ultimately the biggest boost possible in speeding up your computer. So definitely spend some time on it. Go through the Uninstall Programs. Go through the Startup menu and pick which programs you really don’t want auto-starting on you.

In the next video, we’re going to be covering defragging your computer and just trying to help it out a little bit to optimize it. And that will be in the channel URL. So feel free and take a visit.

If you like the video, if it helps you out, please go ahead and share it, like it, comment it, whatever you do, right? It all helps. Thank you.

Junk Temp File Cleaning

Video Covering Junk Temp File Cleaning – Part of our Fix Slow Computer tutorial found on  https://www.pctechguide.com/how-to-fix-your-slow-computer

Transcription From Video

Hi, this is Jacob with PCtechguide.com and this is the third installment of our video series of, “Why is your computer so slow?” And in the description below, you’re going to notice that we have the YouTube channel and what we’re doing here in this video series is we’re going through several different ways of speeding up your computer. We’re covering a way to do it in each and every video and in this particular video, we’re going to take a look at your hard disk space and freeing up some junk temp tiles and some options that you have for it. Ultimately, for a lot of people this isn’t going to help speed up their computer but like I said in my previous video, just because it’s not going to help you per se, it doesn’t mean that this isn’t your issue because there just isn’t any one issue of why your computer’s slow. It’s usually a multitude of issues, so that’s why we’re going through several different video tutorials here just showing you quick ways of how to speed it up.

So in this particular case, we’re looking at at our C drive and our C drive is where all of our programs are basically installed by default and because of this, you’re going to want at least 20% of that drive free and we’re going to see in this particular case that I do not have 20% of my hard drive free. So what I can do is I can actually go through here and I can manually delete files. I can go to the start-up menu and uninstall files or in this case is what I’m going to primarily do … and I’ll show you in another video how to uninstall files and some tips there. But in this one, I’m just going to type in, ‘Clean disk’ and it’s what’s going to pop up here and I don’t know if you can quite see it but it says, ‘Disk Clean-up’ on the very top. I’m going to go ahead and click it and this is going to go ahead and go through a disk clean-up.

And another option that you have out there and we link to an article on … in the description too, below, to our website, to PCtechguide.com, covering the written tutorial of this and it also shows you a few registry cleaners that are free. Now I’m not saying to go out and buy the registry cleaner or anything like that, but there is a few free ones out there that do a pretty good job of junk clean-up files and one in particular is going to be CCleaner. Now CCleaner is a free registry cleaner. I hate calling it a registry cleaner and most registry cleaners really aren’t even registry cleaners out there. There are free ones but this one offers yeah … We’ll just download it real quick and you can take a look at it. So I’m going to save it and install it real quick. My language is English. Now right here, I would make sure you look at this just to see what else they want to install on your computer because they usually do want to install other things on your system. Yeah, we’re good.

I’m not going to check for updates because I’m just going to uninstall this right when I’m done anyways. Now, this software might be bundled with other software programs like Yahoo toolbars or Ask toolbars so just keep that in mind that you might have to uninstall the other ones. I’m going to go ahead and hit the analyze button. Everything over here is checked right now and I’m just using the cleaner option. That’s all I’d recommend you use this tool for really is just the cleaner option. So I’m going to go ahead and hit analyze and then we’ll take a look at this while that one’s running.

Well I guess it didn’t take long, did it? So 3.79 seconds. So if we look here, this is the Windows one. So this one came up with 962 megabytes and it’s going to show … I can check whatever I want to delete. If I want to delete the temporary Internet files, which I don’t, I like my cookies, I do want to delete the recycling bin. Hey, offline webpages, sure, why not? And basically Service Pack files, there are none there. This one could be big for a lot of people. You could have gigs upon gigs in that one.

So the rest of this just kind of looks like junk so I’m going to go ahead and say, “Okay, delete the files.” What this is going to do is it’s going to clean up a little bit of those system files, those temp files on your system that just are of no use to you whatsoever so I’ll let that finish. Now that one’s done, let’s see if we can refresh this and nope, it hasn’t affected it yet so let me go ahead and reanalyze this right now. So it’s at 1.5 gigs basically, hit the analyze button, it’s going to go through it again real quick and it’s still saying it’s at 1.5 gigs and the reason is, is there’s different files in here that this will find than just using the Windows tool.

So some of these are overlapping but not necessarily in all cases so we’re going to see that out of this right here, we have empty recycling bin. Well there actually shouldn’t be anything in the recycle bin any more so maybe by reanalyzing, it actually didn’t recheck, my guess is it didn’t. So to decide what you want to delete, you can go through and say, “Okay, you know what? I want to keep my cookies. Let’s go ahead and reanalyze.” Cookies don’t take up that much space anyways as you can see so there’s different things that you can delete and you can look at this and say, “All right. I want to delete this stuff but not this stuff.” And just over here, you can just uncheck what you do not want it to delete and once you’re done with that, go ahead and just hit the ‘Run Cleaner’ button.

I would recommend you just briefly just take a look over everything just to see okay, this is where a lot of my files are using so you can tell that I am a Firefox user predominantly over a Chrome user and that I use Internet Explorer more than I use Chrome, as well. So now that I’m done with that, I unid my … personally I want my history, I want my cookies, I want my recently typed URLS, my last downloaded locations, so I’m just going to go ahead and hit the cleaner now and it’s going to go ahead and clean these files from my system and it shouldn’t take too, too long.

Now that that’s done, we’re going to see that I refreshed over here … have a little bit more free space there and this is something too that I should probably point out, just for CCleaners, for applications, you can actually just uncheck it for any particular application. So let’s say I want to keep everything for Firefox, just do that, uncheck it all and you’ll be good to go there.

In the next video, we’re going to be covering start-up manager and uninstalling programs which is probably where you’re going to actually get the biggest boost. So be sure and click on the channel URL and take a look at the other videos and we’ll just walk you through several more ways of speeding up your computers.

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