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Simple ways to speed up your computer

Jul 1st 2010 at 4:05 PM

It's inevitable--over time your PC seems to slow down. When you bought it, it seemed fast and responsive, but now it's slow and seems to take forever to boot. No, it's not your imagination, it's just that almost every program you install places files in your startup, and load invisibly when you start your PC. And no amount of scanning our defragmenting (while a good idea) will work. The good news? There are several free programs which will cure this problem.

The first is a program called autoruns.exe, free and available from http://sysinternals.com. This program shows all programs which are initialized at startup, and offers to remove them from startup, without deleting the program, which can still be run when chosen.

An even more clever program is available (free) from http://soluto.com, whose motto is "anti-frustration software." This program analyzes and even times each startup component, and recommends which can be removed or delayed. On my PC, I successfully reduced my bootup time from 4 minutes to less than 1 minute!

Another option is to run the Windows "restore" program, selecting an earlier date, when your PC ran well. This will restore your earlier settings and often improve speed.

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Oct 3rd 2011 at 3:51 AM by fredds
Bookmarked for later reference. I need to set aside some time to put the tips into practice on my computer.
   
Sep 23rd 2010 at 9:57 PM by thekez
Thats a really useful article, thankyou so much for sharing
   
Sep 9th 2010 at 5:43 AM by intertrend1
Thanks for this very important info. Iwas about to throw my lap top from the top of the tallest buiding in town. Ton
   
Aug 23rd 2010 at 6:33 AM by SmallEnginesgo
I never knew about the first two systems and I think I will check them out. System restore I have used because of accidentally deleted something and did not know how to get it back. For instants I deleted my trash can Icon from my desk top and I just did not know how to get it back! System restore does come in handy.
   
Aug 20th 2010 at 1:09 PM by goals
Thank you for this, I will be trying these free programs.
   
Aug 19th 2010 at 6:18 AM by RickNauman
Thanks for sharing your informative article. I will be checking out soluto I like anti-frustration!
   
Aug 14th 2010 at 3:13 PM by ptaylor98
Thanks for all the replies and comments. And yes, msconfig.exe is useful, as is Ccleaner. I'll post more free tools in the future. Thanks everybody!
   
Aug 13th 2010 at 10:02 PM by ESBTEXOMA
I am running a HP with dual cpus' and Vista Home Premium with 2 meg of ram, and yesterday it took my pc an hour and a half to go through the boot process and the black screen.
   
Aug 11th 2010 at 10:00 AM by sarojini
Good Article. I appreciate you for writing this.
   
Aug 4th 2010 at 4:18 AM by cliff
This is great, as my computor is slower than a donkey with two broken legs. Thanks for the info. Have a god one.
   
Aug 2nd 2010 at 9:06 PM by CraftCycler
I have some utilities that keep track of what loads at start up, but the one from soluto.com sounds like a great one. Am going to download & try it tonite. Thanks for the tips!
   
Jul 30th 2010 at 6:30 AM by onqglobal
tuvm, for the goog thought of action! tuvm, Continue Prosperously, james l burnett jr | onqglobal
   
Jul 27th 2010 at 11:24 PM by fredds
Great article and resources - the two options: the softwares and the system restor option. This is bound to help a lot of people considering that most online business people are not tech junkies
   
Jul 15th 2010 at 9:40 AM by HowardN
Thanks for sharing this info.. I will look at these programs.
   
Jul 12th 2010 at 3:40 PM by duckydks
Sounds cool. I use iolo system mechanic and it seems to work pretty well to keep it running smoothly.
   
Jul 8th 2010 at 5:51 PM by dodomat
good information
   
Jul 8th 2010 at 10:18 AM by stevenwagstaff
There is also a built-in application in windows called msconfig that you can use to reduce the number of files in your startup.
   
Jul 7th 2010 at 9:11 PM by roosevans
Informative article! Thanks! I have bookmarked for later reference!
   
Jul 7th 2010 at 9:06 AM by wwwmarketingguy
Hello, nice article you have. I have tried soluto, where i saw that my computer starts up in 97 seconds. After i put some programs to pauze or delay, now my pc starts in 1 minute. I also use ccleaners which is also a very good free program.
   
Jul 4th 2010 at 3:07 PM by Barry30
Another great program that can help protect, repair, clean, and optimize your PC be found here http://www.iobit.com/advancedwindowscareper.html
   
Jul 4th 2010 at 8:54 AM by drknlvly6781
These are some great tips. I actually use CCleaner to monitor what programs I have booting at startup, and speedyfox to speed up the way the firefox runs. These are both free programs that are great to have!
   
Jul 4th 2010 at 8:51 AM by philjansen
Thank you a very informative article, I need this as my computer acting very slow today! Will try it and will give feedback./ God BLESS!
   

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