How to speed up Windows

Get rid of start-up programs

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Part of the reason why well-used PCs take so long to start is because of all the applications and utilities you’ve installed. Many automatically run when Windows starts up, yet most of them don’t need to and should only use up resources when you actually need to use them.

At the right side of the taskbar, click the upwards-facing arrow to display the notification icons. Each is a program that loads with Windows. Some are essential – antivirus software for example – but others may not be. Right-click each one and if there is a Settings menu, select it and turn off the option to start automatically with Windows. Some programs, such as Google Drive, can be manually started when they are needed instead of running all the time.

To disable all the other programs and ‘helpers’ apps which start with Windows, press Windows+R and type msconfig and click Ok. Select the Services tab, tick ‘Hide all Microsoft services’ and see what’s left. There may be services you can live without and clearing the tick box prevents them from running. For example, Firefox works perfectly well without the Mozilla Maintenance Service.

On the Startup tab (use Task Manager in Windows 8 and Windows 10), are lots of programs that start with Windows. Knowing what to disable isn’t easy, but you can use Google to search for items and see if they are necessary, useful or neither of those.

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