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How to optimize PC Startup

Discussion in 'Software' started by johnteresa, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. johnteresa

    johnteresa New Member

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    My system takes a very long time to Startup and shutdown. It's very annoying for me. Plz suggest some software to manage and system startup.
     
  2. Gingerdave

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    Hi and welcome to the forum why don't you take a sec and post an intro over in The New Members Thread so why know a bit about you and can help you out with your study problems as well.

    The first thing you need to do is identify what is causing the slowdown. Is your machine a couple of years old and has had lots of things installed over the years? If so the chances are that there is a lot of items being loaded into your system (look at the systray - the bit near the clock) if there are loads of items in there here is what I recomend you do:

    Go to start and click on run.
    Type in MSconfig
    when this window opens go to start up.

    Now go through and deselect all the ones that you know relate to things like scanners or the itunes helper things like that. If you are not sure of it google the process first. when you have deselected that click ok and the system wil restart. It should now be faster.

    Good Luck
     
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  3. mattstevenson

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    Agreed. However, it might be easier to use this tool - StartUpLite. You can download it here:

    http://www.malwarebytes.org/StartUpLite.exe

    If you're in Vista, you'll need to run is as administrator, otherwise you'll just need to have admin rights.
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    you could defrag the hard drive, install more ram, disable disk indexing plus many others.
     
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  5. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    Such as...

    Remove out-of-date/un-used drivers.
    Disable un-used BIOS features (e.g. memory checking)
    Disable un-used peripherals (e.g. firewire/game ports)

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  6. craigie

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    Do a fresh re-install of your OS!
     
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  7. Gingerdave

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    I didn't know that - thanks for the tip.
     
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  8. Qs

    Qs Semi-Honorary Member Gold Member

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    You learn something new everyday eh? :p

    Wait till you have to get to grips with UAC. Even with admin rights you'll need to confirm every damn install/uninstall/update

    Grrr.


    (and yes, I do know how to turn it off, I'm just having a rant)


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  9. Evilwheato

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    This is a good tool to have. It can work as an application uninstaller, help configure your start up items, and remove a unwanted data from your computer :)
     
  10. Qs

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    Another vote for CCleaner. I use it and love it. Quick, simple and does what it says on the tin.

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  11. BosonMichael
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    You'll be glad you had it for the *one* time something tries to install something that you didn't launch yourself.
     
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  12. Qs

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    Hasn't happened yet (and won't do cause I disable it as standard practice).

    ...but I'll happily eat my hat if/when it does :p

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