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My PC generally runs slow and takes a long time boot-up

Especially when first turning on the PC. The PC revs up making alot of noise. I have anti-virus and spyware sotftware installed.

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    Ed Deguzman May 11, 2010

    I will try and solve for you but I need a little more info. What type of computer do you have ? Laptop or Desktop ? What is it ? HP, Dell, Gateway, Toshiba ?
    Whats the speed ? How much RAM ? How big is the Hard Drive or how much Hard Drive space do you have left ?


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You need to give more information, especially what operating system you are running. Lets presume its Windows XP...
Your PC is likely loading a lot of applications at startup that are taking so long to load and settle down. You can determine if this is the issue by doing the following:

  1. Click "Start" button and then "Run..."
  2. Type in "msconfig" and click "OK"
  3. Select the "Diagnostic startup" option and then "Apply"
  4. Follow reboot options and when rebooted see if this improves your startup/speed
  5. If it does (it should) then you can browse the list of applications you are loading (the "Startup" tab) and turn them on one by one until you find the offending application.
  6. Once found, either leave it off the startup list in msconfig, or uninstall it completely.
Another option that is less technical is to install an application like Norton Systemworks/360. It's speedstart utility is a more user-friendly version of msconfig and can automate the process of eliminating the startup and system hogs in your list of startup applications. Be warned that if your anti-virus software i not Norton you'll have to uninstall it as Norton's doesn't play well with others. However Norton's anti-virus does a superb job so you'll still be protected.
Hope this helps.

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