Sunday, April 21, 2013

Speed up PC performance with msconfig

How to remove unwanted programs from starting during boot-up?

Programs that launch itself while your computer is starting or rebooting normally runs at the background. And any program that is running, whether vital or unwanted programs, uses system resources effectively slowing down your computer not to mention longer restart.

One can always stop any unwanted programs that has auto started by manually closing each from the taskbar (right click each icon and click on exit). However, some of their data will still remain on the computer's virtual memory and will only be lost upon reboot. Thus starting a computer cleanly is preferred.

This can be done by preventing unwanted or scarcely used programs from launching. Here is how to do it using msconfig to configure your computer's start-up.

  • Close all unwanted/scarcely used programs - on the taskbar close these programs individually by right clicking and click on exit on each.
  • Run msconfig - click start button -> click Run -> enter msconfig on the input field and click ok button.
  • Choose programs to prevent from starting - on the Startup tab uncheck all the programs that will not be launched during start-up. Click OK.
  • Restart computer - In order for the new settings to take effect, a system restart is needed. When asked to restart the computer, click on restart the Restart button. In case there is a need to not restart just yet, click on the Exit without Restart button but remember to restart as soon as possible for the new settings to take effect.

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Ric Hard July 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Yes, disabling those unnecessary startup programs using MSConfig creates faster and better performance.

Of course, MSconfig is a free and built-in special and very useful tool. :)

Blog Author July 5, 2013 at 11:33 PM

Hi Ric, thanks for stopping by. MSconfig is just one of the many tools available in windows that we can actually use to make our computing experience better and you are right, it is free (kinda) since it is part of the package when you bought windows.

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