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Disable Startup programs to increase system speed

One of the great things about our operating systems today is the automated processes that take place in the background. These processes make many programs run faster and make them easier to use. However, this feature can also use resources on programs that you may never use. Some programs use auto updates or even schedulers to regularly check for updates, is this necessary? Not really. I often suggest to people to remove unwanted or unused processes from startup. This can be more difficult than it sounds as there are often many items in the startup that are unknown to most users. I now have a solution to this problem. You can go to http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php this is the largest and most in-depth list of startup items I have ever seen. At first the list will seem very intimidating it is very large. However, once you get started it goes quickly. You can search alphabetically on the site so don't panic. If you run across an entry that is not listed try google and do a search for it. Follow the instructions below to view and disable startup processes. Although it can be time consuming I suggest you check every one of your startup entries and verify if they are in fact necessary. The speed increase is worth the time spent and you may even find hidden malware or viruses you didn't know were there.


In run line or search box (depending on OS) type "msconfig" hit enter.

Microsoft's System Configuration Utility should open.

Select Startup tab

Here you will be able to view and disable\enable startup items. After verifying all startup items you will need to reboot for the changes to take affect. When windows reloads you will get a message that will tell you the startup configuration has been changed and how to change it back. Select the check box in lower left corner "Do not show this message again" to make this go away. If at anytime after you have made changes you have problems with an application simply go back to "Msconfig" and enable the applications startup process. Following these instructions could significantly speed up your system.

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