Speed Up PC by Limiting Windows Startup Items
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Speed Your PC by Limiting Startup Items
Why Limit Startup Items
Want a quick way to make your PC faster? Limit the number of programs you have launching automatically at startup! Most of us tend to go with the default choices when prompted to do so by software installation programs, including allowing the installer to create a desktop shortcut and place the program in the computer’s Startup Items folder. While it may be convenient to have all of your programs loaded and ready for you at any given time, you’re paying a huge performance price by allowing this.
Each program, whether you intend to use it or not, uses memory and other system resources once it has been launched. While having one or two programs open at once isn’t likely to cause too much trouble, imagine how much memory is being wasted when you have ten, fifteen, or even twenty programs open that you aren’t even using. Free up resources and make your PC faster by limiting your computer’s startup items. Doing so doesn’t remove the programs. In fact, you will still be able to launch them individually on an as-needed basis which is far preferable to out of memory messages and system crashes due to dangerously low resources.
Using Windows Defender to Limit Startup Items
If you have Windows Defender installed on your computer (it is installed by default on Windows Vista machines), you can use it to limit the programs that launch at startup. Launch Windows Defender, click on the Tools option (its icon looks like a gear), and then click on Software Explorer. Find the dropdown text box next to the word “category” and make sure that Startup Programs is selected. In the left pane, you’ll see a categorized list of all Startup Programs including some that have previously been disabled. You’ll see the program’s name and its classification such as “permitted” or “disabled.” Click on a program to find out more about it and then determine whether or not it’s worthwhile to have the program loaded each time you start Windows. If it’s not a program that you want to load, click the Disable button. Make sure not to disable any crucial programs such as your antivirus and antispyware programs.
Using MSCONFIG to Limit Startup Items
If you don’t have Windows Defender, you can use the MSCONFIG command to manage your startup items. Go to Start > Run (or use the Windows Flag key + R) and type in: msconfig
Click OK. The System Configuration utility screen will appear. Click on its Startup tab. Here you will see a list of all startup programs. Check boxes with check marks in them indicate programs that are actively set to launch with Windows while those that are empty are no longer set to load automatically.
Go through this list and remove the check marks for programs that you do not want loading with Windows. Again, make sure to keep vital programs set to load automatically.
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