Tech Talk – How to start a PC faster
December 23, 2008
Dear Ernie,When I sit down to the computer, I want it to start immediately not several minutes later. Perhaps Im being a little Type-A here, but is there a way to make my PC start faster?Signed,Fast FreddieDear Fast Freddie,I understand your frustration, but I believe I can shed some light on your quandary. First of all, if your PC is bogged down by a gaggle of programs that automatically start up when it does, it can take what seems like forever to get fired up. Unfortunately without a major hardware upgrade, theres not much you can do to reduce the time it takes for Windows to actually boot. However, you can tweak the amount of time it takes for your desktop to load. Here are a few remedies for your desktop dilemma using built-in utilities and third-party tools. Remove start-up items without downloading. Sure, there are programs out there promising to cleanup your start-up for you, but you can actually do quite a lot in Windows itself. The easiest and safest place to start is in your Windows Start-up program group. Check out the programs that appear there and right-click on one that works for you and choose Delete if you dont need it starting up on its own. Deep cleaning. Now that youve done the basics, its time to really get down and dirty. There are many Windows tweaking utilities that include start-up management capabilities; here are a couple of good ones.Ccleaner (which stands for Crap Cleaner) can scan your system for all sorts of extras and get rid of them, but you will first get into the Start-up Manager. Hit the Tools button, then the Start-up button. Voila, this is what your list will look like. It offers great info that may help you decipher what program is what. Then, you can disable and delete items from your Start-up using those respective buttons. More info at http://www.ccleaner.com. Consider delaying an item start to get to work faster. You see, its not just one program thats the culprit, but rather its all of them in aggregate. After you audit your start-up list, you may realize that you do indeed want all your programs to start. However, maybe you dont need them to start up at the exact moment. The Start-up Delayer utility helps to do this as it delays items from starting up anywhere from 20 seconds to hours. More info at http://www.r2.com.au. Kings Beach resident Ernie Dambach is a self-admitted computer geek who enjoys helping others navigate their way through the digital world. His computer and networking company Tahoe Tech Group serves small and medium businesses, as well as the home computer users throughout the Tahoe Truckee region. Log onto http://www.TahoeTechGroup.com, or call (530) 550-0999.
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