Quick PC Performance Tip of the Day!

Why use TV commercial ads to make your PC faster?

After using your PC for a while, you may notice that it seems to take longer and longer to start up. This can be extremely annoying, especially if all you want to do is turn on your PC for a quick peek at your bank account or check email.  So, something that may take a minute to do, will now take 10 minutes because your PC has to load up all of those programs at startup.

Here’s a quick tip on how you minimize those start-up times to get them closer to being acceptable.

1. For XP: Click Start -> Click Run -> Type msconfig -> Press EnterFor Vista\7: Click Windows button ->In the search area, Type msconfig -> Press Enter

2. You will notice the System Configuration Utility pop-up.

3. Click on the Startup tab

4. This lists every program that starts up with Windows

5. Very carefully sort through the list. Some of it may not make sense. For example in XP: Apple‘s Quicktime program is actually called “qttask“. To disable this program from starting up, uncheck the box beside “qttask” -> Click Apply -> Restart the computer.

To see a better description of each file, expand the width of the “Command” column, up near the Startup tab. I recommend only unchecking one item at a time, to make sure that nothing goes wrong during the next restart.  Please be extra careful with this, as some of these files are necessary for either Windows to work correctly or maybe even your corporate software.  Also, look for items that are blank or have no description as they may be signs of a virus, adware or spyware. Disable them first and restart to see if your PC’s performance increases.

It’s quick. It’s simple.  It’s less hassle than responding to a 2 a.m. informercial!

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About Reginald
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