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Make your computer start fasterGetting the computer up and running involves several stages. There are various tweaks that can be applied for each stage to speed things up. In my own experience, only a few make much difference. The most important improvement by far comes from controlling the programs that are loaded at start up. This item will be discussed in more detail below but first here is a survey of other possibilities.The boot process involving the BIOSThere are a variety of tweaks that are possible in this first stage but I have never found one that did more than shave a second or two here and there. Furthermore, the BIOS is terra incognita for the average PC user. There are probably more fruitful areas where time-saving measures can be looked for but those who love to tinker can get some ideas from this ExtremeTech reference.About Bootvis.exeThis graphical Microsoft developer tool is mentioned and recommended as a way to speed up booting in countless places. I see it so often that I felt constrained to devote a separate section to it. This is what Microsoft has to say
Please note that Bootvis.exe is not a tool that will improve boot/resume performance for end users. Contrary to some published reports, Bootvis.exe cannot reduce or alter a system's boot or resume performance. The boot optimization routines invoked by Bootvis.exe are built into Windows XP. These routines run automatically at pre-determined times as part of the normal operation of the operating system.From what I understand (I'm no expert) a brand-new setup might take a couple of days before Windows XP finishes optimizing and, if you just can't wait, Bootvis.exe might help you optimize right away . But, basically, you can forget about using this tool in spite of what everybody keeps saying. You can't even download it from Microsoft anymore although there are sites that still have it. There seem to be several versions and one or more may not work in SP2.In any event, it seems it is possible to carry out some of the type of optimization done by this tool just by using RUNDLL32.EXE. InStart-Run. Enter the commandRUNDLL32.EXE advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

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my e drive is missing

> Are you able to access the drive from Start/Run and typing the drive-letter?
Download Tweak UI and install it
Start Tweak UI
Click the (+) sign near the My Computer section
Select Drives
Put a checkmark near the drive-letters that you want to unhide
Click Apply, OK


Aug 25, 2010 | E-Machines C6423 AMDAthlon 64 3400+ 2.2GHz...

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my computer is running slow even with cleanup. When I turn on the hard drive it take forever to come up.

There are a lot of times that the startup files bog down a system, and there are a lot of these files and programs that just don't need to start when Windows starts....so lets shut em down until we actually need them.

Click on the start utton on your task bar, in the text box or if you have an earlier operating system it is the "Run" command box. Type


Hit enter, the window that comes up, will have several tabs at the top, the first tab is the "General" tab and that is the one that comes up, now click on the "Selective Startup" button. Now above, click on the "Startup" tab. Click the button that says "disable all". Now go through the list of programs and check only the ones that have to do with virus ware or malware tools etc. Click apply and ok, the system will want to reboot at this point, go ahead. When the system reboots, it will give you a popup about msconfig, just click ok and exit the popup. Your machine should have started faster with just that tweak. If you need another program to start with Windows, just go back in a check the box associated with the program and hit apply. Good luck

Jul 27, 2010 | HP Computers & Internet

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Windows Key shuts down computer when pressed

Go to Start->Control Panel->Power Options. There you will find various options where you instruct the Windows to to do what on your actions. Also in Control Panel go to Keyboard option and tweak there. But you must tweak slowly , while noting down what you are doing, just in case you have to revert back.

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