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Computer Freezes After Startup?

Posted In Windows - By Techtiplib on Friday, February 10th, 2012 With No Comments »

The guide “Computer Freezes After Startup?” is extracted from Turbo Windows ebook – The Ultimate PC Speed Up Guide, see the details below:

How to Speed Up PC Startup

Most likely you can still remember the days when your computer took only several seconds to boot. But these blissful days are long gone and now your PC takes ages to start up. Why? Well, several things could be causing your computer’s sluggish startup, but most likely there are too many programs and background processes loading on Windows boot.

 Computer Freezes After Startup? (Extracts from Turbo Windows eBook)

Delete unnecessary startup items

Even if you have a brand new laptop, there is a high chance that it has a lot of pre-installed software that is configured to load every time you switch your computer on. Frankly speaking, these programs can make your PC load longer and you don’t need all of them at startup anyway. And as you install more software, more programs automatically add themselves to your startup list. The more there are, the more RAM gets taken up on Windows boot. That’s how your computer becomes sluggish on startup. The solution is to go through your startup list and disable some of the programs. But before you do that you need to understand what sort of applications load automatically on Windows boot.

When you launch your computer, Windows has to load a whole bunch of system files without which it can’t run. However, a lot of other programs also put themselves in the startup folder. These can be anything, from Google Update to Skype and Windows Live Messenger. Adobe programs are also notorious for launching on startup by default. If you are not sure which programs launch on startup and then run in the background, there is an easy way to find out:

1. Right-click on the taskbar and select Start Task Manager

2. When the Task Manager opens, go to the Processes tab

You will now see all the processes running on your system and how much system resources each process takes up. As a rule, you are bound to find several processes belonging to utilities that check for software updates or make certain software launch faster. The truth is, you don’t really need them running all the time and they can safely be disabled.

Unnecessary startup items are easy to manage with the help of the System Configuration Utility. Here’s how:

1. Click on the Start button, then click Run (for Windows XP) or Search Programs and files (for Windows 7).

2. Type msconfig in the box and hit Enter. This will launch the System Configuration Utility.

3. Go to the Startup tab. You will see a list of all programs launching on Windows startup.

4. Now go through the list and simply uncheck the programs you don’t want to start automatically. Be careful and don’t start disabling recklessly. If you don’t know what something is, it’s best to leave it alone or at least Google it before disabling. Otherwise you risk making your PC unbootable.
5. Click Apply and then click OK.
6. Reboot Windows for the changes to take effect.

I’m sure you’ve noticed that the System Configuration Utility doesn’t provide much information about the programs from the list. This doesn’t make things easier for you and is potentially dangerous. So if you want to be absolutely certain what you are disabling, it’s best to use a third-party startup management utility. Good quality startup managers, like Auslogics Startup Manager, provide detailed information about each entry, making it easy for you to work out which applications to disable.  Here is how you can disable application loading on startup with Auslogics Startup Manager:

1. Open Auslogics BoostSpeed and go to the Advanced Tools tab
2. Under Software Control, click on Startup items

3. Wait for the Startup Manager to load. You can also launch Auslogics Startup Manager directly by clicking on Start – All Programs – Auslogics –BoostSpeed – Utilities – Auslogics Startup Manager.

4. Uncheck the items you want to remove from the startup list. You can also highlight an application to read its descriptions at the bottom of the screen.

By default, Auslogics Startup Manager only shows you the applications that are safe to disable. If you want to delve a bit deeper, you can click on Show Advanced Items. This will show advanced items, such as shell handlers and shell extensions. Be careful when you disable these items, as your computer might need them to operate correctly.

Now your computer should start up a lot faster than before. But if you are still not 100% satisfied, there is a way to speed up Windows boot even more.

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