Tweak MSCONFIG Speedup Computer Performance
MSCONFIG or the System Configuration Settings of Microsoft Windows can easily speedup your computer performance in many ways. The MSCONFIG has always been there with almost all Windows Versions. But somehow most people were not aware of its existence. The MSCONFIG has evolved with every Windows version. Here we talk about MSCONFIG in Windows 7. You will find a corresponding MSCONFIG in all the previous and most likely in all the future versions after Windows 8. There are many tasks you can accomplish with MSCONFIG as I have given below.
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How to Open MSCONFIG and Speedup Computer ?
To Open MSCONFIG dialog box you need to press two keys on your keyboard together which are “Windows” key and “R” key. The moment you press them together, you will get the Windows Run.. dialog box which you see below. You need to type the word MSCONFIG into the run command box and press enter button or click the OK button and you will get the System Configuration dialog box.
Tweaking MSCONFIG Settings to Speedup Computer
When you typed MSCONFIG and pressed enter in the above dialog box you will find the System Configuration dialog box opening in a few seconds. In the first screen which is called General, you do not have to do anything. It just shows you if your computer is doing a normal startup or a selective startup. In case you want to do a Diagnostic startup then you may click it to load basic devices and services only. Devices and Services will be available in detail in the other tabs like Boot, Services, Startup and Tools which you see along side General tab. The Microsoft System Configuration or MSCONFIG dialog will look like what you see below.
Tweak MSCONFIG Boot Settings to Speedup Computer
The Boot tab gives you the ability to Boot in various diagnostic methods. The first is Safe Boot where no additional drivers, hardware and software will not be loaded. This may be required if you are experiencing a computer freeze or restart regularly during a startup. Otherwise you just need to do one tweak in this tab which is to reduce the Timeout from 30 seconds which is default value to 3 seconds which is the safest setting. This will speedup computer by reducing 27 seconds straight away from your boot up time if you have more than one operating system installed in your computer. The advanced tab below if only for computer experts with adequate knowledge. So I do not recommend it to you if you are not well versed with computer operating system. If you want to tweak every aspect of your computer then go for SpeedyPC Pro which is an all in one Computer Repair plus Performance Optimizer Software. View a screenshot of the Boot tab of the System Configuration dialog box that lets you speedup computer startup by a whooping 27 seconds.
Tweaking MSCONFIG Services Setting to Speedup Computer
In the System Configuration Settings the first advice I will give you is not to change any Microsoft services. To do this just put a tick mark in the box next to the “Hide all Microsoft Services you see at the bottom. This will ensure only a handful of services other than the hundreds of services essential to your computer are shown. Look for any service of a program or application that has been opening up with your computer startup which you always wanted to switch off. All software and drivers of those applications and hardware that you do not use regularly can be stopped by just removing the tick mark next to them and clicking on Apply button. If you are confident and have some technical knowledge then remove the tick mark from Hide all Microsoft services and remove those services you do not want. In case anything malfunctions after your next computer restart then just come back here and undo what you did now. Remember that many essential services will cause instablity to your computer operating system. View the Screenshot of Services tab of the System Configuration dialog box below: –
Tweaking MSCONFIG to Speedup Computer Startup
Does your computer take more than 15 seconds to startup and become ready for use? If so then the MSCONFIG System Configuration Startup Tab is going to be very useful. In this you will find far too many software and hardware drivers that are starting up with your Windows Boot Sequence. The software and hardware vendors put a link into the startup to ensure that your hardware drivers and software startup with the Windows are is always kept in a ready state to use so that you do not waste time for them to load into memory when you double click them. For example your printer hardware drivers and printer software load into to memory as your computer starts up delaying the startup itself and occupying a lot of space in the RAM or memory which other programs which you want to use first can use. View a Screenshot of the Startup tab of the MSCONFIG System Configuration dialog box.
Increase Random Access Memory RAM to Speedup Computer Startup
If you do not want to disable any of these software and hardware which is loading into the RAM then you must have about 4 GB memory or more. But if less than 2 GB memory is available then Windows will load those applications which got themselves loaded into the RAM at first, to a reserved space on your hard disk called virtual memory so that the current application can use the RAM. This costs you valuable time and you will see the hard disk light is on for a long time after you double clicked a program to startup. You can avoid this type of delays by removing the tick mark from those software and drivers which you do not need regularly. There is nothing to worry because these programs will in anyway be loaded into memory when you double click the application. So why load them during startup itself. Stop them from loading into your computer memory during Windows bootup and speedup computer startup performance. Alternately buy some more RAM modules and install to increase the memory. The choice is yours to increase your computer startup performance either by spending money buying new hardware or absolutely free using this MSCONFIG System Configuration utility.
Using MSCONFIG System Configuration Tools to Speedup Computer Startup
As I mentioned earlier, MSCONFIG has evolved over a period of time. The Tools tab was introduced later. There are many tools available to your in this. One of the main tools is registry editor. Windows Registry is the core or the nervous system of your computer. Like a nerve sends sensation to your whole body, the registry contains information about everything in your computer. The Windows reads and writes entries to Registry every time your computer starts or shuts down, every time you install a software or uninstall a software, every time a software opens, gets used by you, or close, every time you install a hardware or a hardware drivers, every time you update your Windows, every time you change a setting and every time you do any thing, Windows registry is written. Every software and Windows itself needs it to locate files, drivers, software and everything else. The Registry tool you find in this tab can be used to edit registry. Here is a screenshot of the MSCONFIG System Configuration Tools tab with a few of the tools it contains: –
Cleanup Your Windows Registry to Speedup Computer Performance
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