Startup Programs

  March Wind 06:37 21 Mar 2012

XP pro.

Could you tell me where do I find all my programs that PC has to load when starting up? I am told I could delete some so that window starts up faster. also when I want to do something it is too slow in opening up. thank you

  northumbria61 07:45 21 Mar 2012

You need to use MSCONFIG - instructions here enter link description here

  Les28 08:05 21 Mar 2012

When you've got their names from msconfig, a site like this will help you to decide whether the things are needed to be running at startup.

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  onthelimit1 08:36 21 Mar 2012

You may find it more convenient to use the Startup tool in CCleaner. On all my computers, I've disabled everything except the antivirus, and they seem to perform perfectly.

  KRONOS the First 08:37 21 Mar 2012

Or you can use this Soluto which is pretty good. It will also give you the option of delaying program's untill your PC has finished its main boot up.

  spuds 09:40 21 Mar 2012

If you haven't got CCleaner installed on your computer, then I would suggest that you do, because its a very good 'free' program, that helps in many ways, including 'start-up'.

Your can get it for free from or

  audeal 12:01 21 Mar 2012

I use MZ Startup Manager. It is very good and if you are not sure of a startup program just highlight it and then click on "Google it" and you will get all the info you need to decide if you want it to start up or not. You can find it here.

  March Wind 17:41 21 Mar 2012

I will first use CClean but what do I tick and then what should I do in removeing things. I will not know what they are or used for. Thank all so much for your help

  spuds 17:51 21 Mar 2012

If you install CCleaner, you will find at the side of the screenshot 'Tools', click on that, then when a new screen shows, click on 'Startup'. What programs show, list them on this website, and someone will tell you what you can disable.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:01 21 Mar 2012

what do I tick and then what should I do in removeing things

select disable rather than remove, then its just a tick to put it backif you need it.

leave your firewall / antivirus / antimalware

you may also need to leave some other things lick touchpad or keyboard drivers (if laptop)

if you list your programs we can advise

You can do other stuff aswell to help speed up your system.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:02 21 Mar 2012

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use CCleaner

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :- Malwarebytes Superantispyware

Free Antivirus software MicroSoft Security Essentials Avast

c) Clean the registry -- Use the tool in Crap Cleaner its very safe and also allows you to back up the registry first.

d) Pagefile (Virtual Memory) -- Right click MY Computer - select properties - Advanced tab - Performance - advanced tab - Virtual memory click change, you can put the page file on a different drive (if you have one), click custom size and set Initial size to one and a half times the amount of memory you have fitted i.e. 512MB memory = set to 768MB, set maximum to double your memory amount i.e. 512MB memory = 1024MB click ok. If your hard drive is full and there is not enough room for the pagefile this can slow down, freeze or even cause the PC to crash (restart).

e) Cut down on the programs that load at start up -- Start - Run type msconfig - start up tab- untick everything except for firewall, antivirus and antispyware

and the services that run in the background.

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels: (Not required if you have SATA drives) Check the transfer rate, you need to have the transfer mode set to DMA not PIO. Right click My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager - Expand (click the + ) IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers right click Primary Channel - Advanced Settings Tab - If transfer Mode is PIO then follow the instructions at to change.

ii) Check for errors and defrag your hard drives -- My Computer - select drive - properties - tool tab - Error checking / Defragmentation.

ii) If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 it's a good idea to convert your system drive to the NTFS file system if you have not already. In addition to providing numerous security and data recovery improvements over FAT32 (the file system of choice for Windows 9x/ME and XP Home) it can also speed up your system slightly.

In fact, the only real reason for sticking with the FAT32 file system for any of your data is if you have more than one operating system on your PC and the other OS's can only see FAT32 partitions (as would be the case with Windows 98, for example, which is incapable of reading NTFS data).

To convert your drives to NTFS: Right click on 'my computer' and select 'manage' From the computer management window, expand storage and select 'disk management.' Using the 'file system' column of the upper pane of this window, you can easily check what file system each of your logical drives is using. Make a note of this information. Now open a command prompt window by going to 'start\run' and typing 'cmd' To convert a disk to NTFS, type 'convert (drive letter): /fs:ntfs' So for example, if you were going to convert your C: drive, you would type 'Convert c: /fs:ntfs' at the prompt.

b) Drivers Obtain the newest drivers for your hardware This may seem a bit obvious, but keeping your system's drivers up to date can give both your performance and stability a boost. Video card manufacturers release updates especially often, and these can often give "significant boosts" to gaming performance as video card in question is "optimized."

Don't neglect the other components of your system either. Your motherboard manufacturer may have released newer versions of its Input/output drivers for your board, and sound cards and other peripherals can also benefit from newer software.

c) Memory Your memory could be failing try memtest

Add more physical memory, this of course means opening the "box" and fitting a memory module, make sure you buy one that is suitable for your PC. Crucial will guide you through the process of selecting the correct memory. for a guide to fitting memory.

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