How To Manage Windows Startup Items and Double The Speed Of Your Computer

Sometimes, when you turn on your computer, it seems that windows takes forever to start up. There are several causes for this problem but one of the most common is because there are too many applications at startup. Having one or two applications that run at startup, usually isn’t an issue, but any more than four or five can quickly turn into a serious problem, as half a dozen programs or more will invariably compete for memory. There are many commercial solutions that offer to automate this process, but it’s more important to learn how to do it manually, so that way as a consumer, you save money by not spending it unnecessarily. The first method, but not the most extensive, is using the System Configuration Utility. This program can be started by entering “msconfig” in Start>Run, or typing “msconfig” at the command prompt. There are several tabs, but the one to be concerned with is the one labelled “Startup”. This contains a list of all the applications that are initialized when windows starts up. Generally speaking, it’s safe to disable all of the startup items in this tab, since they’re not truly critical windows services. This rule of thumb doesn’t always hold true, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with what applications, if any, are system critical and which ones aren’t. The other tabs, with the exception of “Services” (which will be covered later), will serve little purpose to the average user, and won’t really help achieve what we’re set out to accomplish, which is to speed up the computer’s performance by removing startup items. Also keep in...

Pin It on Pinterest