How to Speed Up Your Slow Computer At Startup

By Techwalla Contributor

You might have noticed your computer getting slower and slower at startup. This may be due to the number of programs that automatically start.

Step 1

Determine if your computer is slow starting up by comparing it to others with the same operating system, processor speed and ram. A computer that is slow at startup and slow to retrieve files can be annoying. First go ahead and defragment your hard drive. Go to START, then ALL PROGRAMS, then SYSTEM TOOLS, and choose DEFRAGMENT. This will speed up your computer when accessing files and starting programs because your computer will not have to search all over the hard drive for things that should be located next to one another.

Step 2

Check to see what is on your startup menu by choosing START, RUN and typing in msconfig. Go to the startup tab.Delete any non essential programs set to automatically start when you power on the computer and this should speed up your computer.You can also use a software program that makes the process easier. It is called Autoruns. The program is free and can be found in the resources below.

Step 3

Do not check the "launch on startup" option when installing programs unless it is something you will be using each and every time you use your computer. Download the free program "Abexo free registry cleaner" and run it. Delete the files it finds. Finally if none of this helps your computer run faster consider adding more RAM memory. Also consider using a registry cleaner such as the free one by Abexo. This gets rid of all the little orphan bits of information in your processor and helps things run more smoothly. Just be sure to go to set a system restore point before running a registry cleaner. System restore point can be found under system tools as in step one.

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