Jun 18, 2010

Optimize windows startup, speed up the time startup time

When Windows starts up it automatically loads a number of programs, many of which you may not need. As you install more and more programs, this list can continue to grow. The following guide can help you improve your computer's startup times by decreasing the number of startup programs. This will be done be disabling certain programs from running as windows starts up.

Windows XP

Here are simple steps to Disable Programs at Startup in XP.

1. Click on Start then Run
2. Type "msconfig" and click OK. (This will bring up System Configuration Utility.)
3. In the System Configuration Utility, Click the tab called Startup.
4. Now you can uncheck any programs that you do not want running at Windows XP startup.
5. Once you are done unchecking programs, Click Okay. You will be prompted to restart your computer at this point.

You can look up programs on google to find out what the program is and if you want to disable it or not. As an example, I disabled yahoo messenger, steam (games application), Google talk and iTunesHelper.

Windows Vista/7


Here are simple steps to Disable Programs at Startup in Vista with the System Configuration Utility.

1. Open up msconfig (use Vista/7 Start Menu's Instant Search feature: just press the Windows key and type 'System' and the hit return). 


2. Click the Startup tab.
3. Now you can uncheck any programs that you do not want running at Windows Vista startup and hit OK.


To disable auto-start applications with Windows Defender:

1. Open up Windows Defender.
2. Click on "Tools" in the top menu bar.
3. Click on "Software Explorer".
4. Hit "Show for All Users".
5. Select an application and then click either Remove or Disable.
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