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Speeding up your slooooooooooooow Computer

As an IT Technician one of the most asked questions is "how can I speed up my slow computer?" So I thought I would write a quick tip to try which can improve performance dramatically. Sometimes you will need to upgrade the hardware of computer by increasing the memory but this is a useful tip to try first and can save you a fair bit of money!

The tip below will minimize the amount of programs that are running when you switch on you computer. Most programs set themselves to run when you log-on your computer and this isn't needed in most cases and will just slow your computer down, so try the following and see if you can notice the difference:

Click start then run, then type msconfig and press ok and you will see a box appear.

Click on the startup tab along the top and all the things in the list that are ticked are running when you start up.

Check the name of each ticked item to make sure you know what it is is and if you don't need it to run at startup untick it. Things like itunes, adobe speed reader, quick time task etc aren't needed at startup and can be opened just the same by double clicking the program as usual when needed.

You may need to run a few tests by unticking what you think and restarting your computer, you may be missing something you need or you may even be able to select more to not run at startup. A few attempts at this and you should end up with a setup you are happy with and a much faster computer

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