Which start up progs?

  Scubaman 15:41 10 Aug 2010

Hi guys, I have read in quite a few threads about slow start-up. Each one says to check what progs are running at start-up and disable the ones not needed. OK that's fine, but how do I know which ones are not needed. Is there a command that I can access that would disable the ones not required?

  rawprawn 15:44 10 Aug 2010

Start> Run> type msconfig and hit Enter. Go to the Start Tab, and untick any not needed. As a guide click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:07 10 Aug 2010

List what you have and we can tell you what they do.

Also have a look in the tools section - startups of CCleaner if you have it installed.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:07 10 Aug 2010

1. Software

a) Clear out all temporary files and folders -- use Crap Cleaner click here

b) Scan for malware spyware and viruses --Free Anti Spyware :-
Superantispyware click here
Malware removal tool click here

Free Antivirus software
MicroSoft Security Essentials click here
Avast4 click here
AVG antivirus click here

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. click here

2. Hardware

a) Hard drives /

i) IDE Channels:
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 click here 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 or Vista, 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
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 .com click here will guide you through the process of slecting the correct memory. click here for a guide to fitting memory.

  Scubaman 12:56 13 Aug 2010

OK, most of that is done, The things I didn't or couldn't do were.. I haven't stopped Sys Restore yet until I have backed everything up. The other thing I couldn't do was to disable everthing except Firewall, Antivirus and Spyware, they weren't listed under msconfig, start-up tab.! There are 21 others running on start-up though.

  rawprawn 14:01 13 Aug 2010

They won't be listed like that.
For example Firewall might be Zone Labs if you are running Zone Alarm.
Antivirus might be Alwil if you are running Avast
Spyware might be SuperAnispyware if you are running tnat program

  Scubaman 15:18 13 Aug 2010

I am running Norton 360 and Uniblue Spy Eraser and Registry Booster. I ran the Malware program as advised above but no errors were found. I have looked at the settings of the Uniblue progs and enabled them at startup, that's why I couldn't see them. I have noticed that there is no setting in Norton for it to startup on boot but I have found a window where I can either disable them or delay their start-up. For now I have diabled all but Uniblue so will try that.

  Les28 17:18 13 Aug 2010

In answer to your query about Norton at boot time, it's probably running as an automatic startup service. In msconfig have a look at the Services tab, not the Startup tab, put a tick in the box there to hide all microsoft services and see how many non ms services are shown as Running, this should give an idea of why they start at boot time, however this tab isn't the place to alter them, as you've found you can alter them in other ways.

  rawprawn 17:27 13 Aug 2010

Norton will be listed as Symantic. Since you seem unable to trace your start up programs it may be better to post a list of your start programs so we can advise

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