|Written by Cynthia Rodriguez|
I've noticed most of us had problems or currently have problems with slow start ups which is caused by programs you currently have set up to start when you log on and with background activity.¬† Some of our computers run slow even after the startup which means your computer has too much junk in it's trunk. *smiles*.¬†
Just follow these simple steps and your computer will be running a little faster.¬† These are simple instructions, I am not a novice but a simple person who knows her way around the common computer problems.
Disable some startup programs.¬† Click the Start menu and click Run.¬† Type in "msconfig" without the quotes.¬† Go to the startup tab and unclick the programs you do not want to start up when you log on.¬† Please do not unclick any programs you do not know about, this might cause damage to the computer.¬† Basically you may want to unclick programs such as Quicktime, Yahoo messenger, things in these categories.¬† Some people just disable all, but if you want to do that, please make sure your antivirus protection is not disabled.
Disable some services.¬† If you look at the service tab, you will see many different services which run in the background without you noticing.¬† You may disable whatever service you do not use at all or disable service you are not currently using.
Remove Programs you do not use.¬† Click the start menu, go to the control panel.¬† Click on uninstall a program under programs and look for programs you no longer use and uninstall it.¬† Do not remove programs you don't know about.¬† Google it before taking any further action.
Perform a disk cleanup.¬† Click on the start menu, go to accessories,¬†click system tools and then click disk cleanup.¬† This will check your disk¬†for anything that¬†can be¬†deleted.¬† It will display everything which may permanetly be deleted, you have the choice to check or uncheck the ones you do¬†want to delete.¬† I personally delete it all.¬†
Clean your registry.¬† Novice people can do this manually, but for the simple people like us, we can use a program to do it for us.¬† I personally use Norton Utilites to fully clean my computer, but you can also use software recommended by others such as TweakNow, RegCleaner,¬†Registry Mechanic, and Registry Healer.¬† You can google more software if you like.¬† I personally use Norton for all my computer needs.
Always make sure your computer is up-to-date with everything.¬† So, whenever you receive an update, please just update the computer, this will help in this process, trust me.
For those of you whom are unable to follow these steps because your computer is just going way to darn slow, start up your computer in safe mode and follow steps 1-4.¬† Then when you start your computer up in it's normal state you will be able to perform steps 5 and 6 easily.¬†
To start your computer in safe mode,¬†hold the f8 button above the number keys once your computer restarts.¬† You should be given the options of safe mode, safe mode with networking and safe mode with run.¬† I usually just do safe mode.¬† Your computer screen solution will look much bigger (this is not a problem) and you will be limited.
Hope these steps helped you!