How to Speedup Computer Startup and Performance ?
Does your computer startup in 15 seconds and becomes ready for use? Most people answer “NO ” to this question. The reason is very simple. A freshly installed Windows computer is designed to startup and become ready for use in a few seconds. But as you start loading software and hardware, your computer starts slowing down due to many reasons. But the most frustrating is when you press the start button and have to wait for minutes for your computer to finally get ready for use after loading all the installed software and hardware drivers etc and the hard disk activity indicating red LED stops flashing.
Why Your Computer Startup Speed is Slow ?
Almost every software you install into your computer will invariably put a quick start link on your desktop, put a link into your Windows startup folder and write thousands of entries into your Windows Registry. The more the number or software installed in your computer, more will be the time required to finish the Windows startup routine. The larger the Windows registry the more slower your computer startup. The more the icons on your desktop, the more time Windows will take to load all these icons leading to slower computer startup. Every hardware you attach to your motherboard or connect to your USB port will install hardware drivers which are essential for your computer to recognize and use the hardware like printers, pen drives, cd drives, external hard drives, cameras etc. In a nut shell we can say that the more the number of hardware and software in your computer, the slower your computer start up.
Remove Unwanted Programs to Speedup Computer Startup
When you install any new software yourself or it gets installed by itself, the software sends a link into the Windows Startup folder. Whatever shortcuts are found in this folder will startup with the Windows startup. For example if you had installed Adobe PDF reader, then you will certainly find a program in the Windows startup folder that is meant to startup with Windows which actually uses a lot of time to load during computer start and will use and block a lot of RAM or memory which is now not available to Windows for use which is not only slowing down your startup but also slowing down your computer performance always.
Why Do Software Put Links Which Degrade Computer Startup Performance?
The aim of adobe or any other software vendow putting this shortcut file in startup folder is so that, when you double click any pdf file, it opens fast because the adobe reader software is already lying open in the memory. In fact you are fooled into believing that adobe software is very fast to open. The point is do you regularly open pdf file? If you do then loading the pdf reader into memory during computer startup is justfied, but if you rarely open a pdf file then why slow down your computer startup and get frustrated everytime you bootup your PC/Laptop. This is the case with most other software that loads with Windows startup. You can delete these files from the Windows staratup folder, which you are sure you do not need to open during computer startup because, in any case when you double click a pdf file the entire pdr reader will be loaded in to the memory, but will take a little longer. So the choice is yours to allow all these software which you rarely use to load during Windows startup and slow down you computer startup.
How to Remove Unwanted Programs to Speedup Computer Startup?
There are two things to do. The first is to click on Start button on the left bottom of your monitor screen, then click on All Programs and then look for Startup. On the Startup folder Right Click and say explore. Once the Startup folder opens in the Windows explorer look for those programs which you do not need to startup and delete them. These are only shortcuts to the main applications and you can safely delete them. Also if you want some program which you want to startup with the Windows, then you can put a shortcut into this folder and those programs will open automatically during startup.
Using MSCONFIG to Speedup Computer Startup
The second thing you need to do is use MSCONFIG to remove all the unwanted software as well as services etc from startingup with your computer and speedup your Windows Bootup times. To do this press together the “Windows” Key and the “R” Key on your keyboard. You can also use the Start button and Run.. Once you do this you will get the Run.. Dialog. Type the word MSCONFIG and press enter key. You will get the System Configuration dialog box. Here you can do a few tweaks as below: –
Using Boot Tab to Speedup Computer Startup
In the System Configuratoin dialog box you have to Click on the Boot tab on top. In the Boot tab look for a tab called Timeout. You have to change the time out from 30 seconds to 3 seconds. This is straight away 27 seconds off the clock as far as your Windows Startup time is concerned. This setting is useful only if your computer has more than one operating system. Windows displays all the installed operating system to you for 30 seconds so that you make a choice. But in most computers there is only one operating system. So why wait for 30 seconds. The minimum allowed safe time is 3 seconds. So change 30 to 3 seconds to Speedup computer startup.
Using Startup Tab to Optimize Computer Startup Performance
In the System Configuration dialog box now click on the Startup tab. In this you will see all the software and programs that startup with Windows. If you find any software that you do not use regularly and remove the check box to prevent it from loading with Windows during startup. Remember not to remove antivirus and antispyware etc because they are essential for your computer security. But if you have installed two antivirus or antispyware software then you must allow only one of them to load into Windows memory. Otherwise the first antivirus will not allow the other one to load mistaking it as a virus or spyware.
Using Services Tab to Speedup Computer Startup
In the System Configuration dialog box click on the Services Tab. Here you will find dozens of services from Microsoft and many other software vendors which a checkbox ticked. Some of them may be running and some of them may be in stopped state. You can carefully read through them and decide if they are required or not and remove the tick mark from thecheck box and click apply. These services will load during the next startup and you will find a tremendous improvement in your computer startup speed. If you do not understand what they are then do not change any settings. Stopping a service essential for Windows or any of your software run will cause problems. If you do not have adequate knowledge then leave the settings as it is and use a professional software that can do this task safely like SpeedyPC Pro which will tell you the benefits and disadvantages of selecting any service off in a easy to understand method and allows you do it safely and if you do not like the results then the software allows you to revert back to the old settings in a single mouse click.
Using Tools Tab to Speedup Computer Performance
In the System Configuration dialog box click on the Tools tab. This is a very powerful tab which gives you access to many core features of Windows. Use it carefully. Click on the Registry Editor and then click launch button on the bottom to see your Windows Registry. You should not change or edit the Windows registry if you do not have the technical knowledge necessary to do it because even a single wrong registry entry could send your computer freezing and crashing. But tweaking the Windows registry is the best method known to speedup your computer startup and overall PC performance. I strongly recommend you Download SpeedyPC Pro – (Click Here) or such other professional software that allows even a child or a 90 year old granny to safely tweak each and every settings in the Windows Registry very safely to speedup computer performance.