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I am often asked 'why my computer takes so long before I can use it'.
This is normal, despite the fact that computers have become faster over the
The reason for this is that, as computers provide more facilities - and also have to have more security protection - the startup processes have become more and more complex. I try to keep my PC as slimmed down as possible but it still takes almost 3 minutes to before I can think of using it and even longer before it has really settled down. You can see from one of the graphics below that at least 72 programs are loaded at that time ! If I get impatient and try to do some work before the activity light has stopped flickering it slows things down even more. One way to safely reduce the number of programs that are being loaded is to use a sophisticated free program called Soluto from www.soluto.com. This analyses what is being loaded, tells you what they do and divides them into " No brainers"; potentials for removal from the 'boot' process and those programs it recommends are left untouched. After studying the recommendations you may be able to reduce your startup time considerably.
After the Home Page, which offers to slim down your Browser's Add-ons and tells you what programs are likely to crash you need to click on Chop Boot
The Boot or Startup sections looks like this....
You can see that my Boot-up loads 72 (!) programs and takes 2minutes and 49 seconds
I have cut down the 'No Brainer' programs to two : Skype and Drop Box.
Not essentials but preferred items.
Look at the programs one by one. Generally you can accept the Soluto
Incidentally, Soluto gets feedback from other users and you are told what people decided to do
Soluto also keeps improving. I now get notices as to what programs
are out of date and even whether my laptop' startup can be speeded up.
This is the sort of notification I get :
If your PC is still slow AFTER startup check on my Page 5 regarding other factors may affect a machine's performance. Deleting your Windows 7 password usually takes less than a few minutes and will let your PC complete the boot up process while you do something useful, like get a coffee. Here's How:
Click on Start and then Control Panel. Click on the User Accounts and Family
Safety link. Note: If you're viewing the Large icons or Small icons view
of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply click on the User Accounts
In the "Make changes to your user account" area of the User Accounts window, click the Remove your password link.
In the text box on the next screen, enter your current Windows 7 password.
Click the Remove Password button to confirm that you'd like to remove your Windows 7 password. You can now close the User Accounts window.
Now that your Windows 7 account password has been deleted it will continue the startup unheeded.
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