Does your computer take FOREVER to start up?

If your computer takes forever to boot up, or run slowly throughout the day, it may suffer from start-up bloat. It's common ailment as we continue to add new hardware, software and tools to our computer.  Suddenly they all want to be first in the morning when you boot up or run "quietly" in the background in case you need them that day.

This can suck up your resources for no good reason. If you think your computer is a bit bloated, find out what's running regularly.  When you run across something you don't know whether it is important or not, try to Google the name of the item in the list. Thumbnails will get larger – just click on them to see a better view.

Sc-taskmanager First, you need to look at your task manager (PC).  CNTRL + ALT + DELETE – one time only.  Choose the option to view the TASK MANAGER.

See that list of exe stuff?  A bunch are necessary, but some of the things like iTune Helper, AcroTray and the like don't need to be running all of the time if you only use them sometimes. You can END TASK in the lower right corner. When in doubt – check it out.  See if it's critical or if it's for some device you don't even own any more.  You can sort by CPU usage to see who the pigs are.

Sc-runmenu Next, let's check your start up menu.  This is not the START MENU, this is the list of items that automatically launch every time you start your computer.  They run in the background.  Under your start menu in the left, click on it and choose "RUN."

Sc-msconfig Then, in the little box, type in:  msconfig 

Another handy tool in this tool is:  cmd – but we'll cover that another type when we talk about IP addresses and tracing routes.

Now you'll have a window with some tabs.  Click on the START UP tab to see what starts every time you boot up your computer.  Be careful. If you aren't sure what something is, leave it alone.  But if you know you don't need your "instant movie maker," and other novelty items like that, uncheck them and update.

Sc-msconfig-startup For these changes to hold, you'll need to reboot. When you do you'll get a warning about saving this changes.  Do it! Save them. You can always go back and change your choices, reboot again.

You should notice performance improvement immediately.

Use this article at your own discretion. You may need to ask your IT professional to help you thin it out.  I make that same call from time to time and I'm always happy I asked for the help of a professional with more knowledge than me.  Any adverse reactions to trying this are the responsibility of the reader. I assume no responsibility if you turn off too many things.  These are just ideas to help your computer perform at it's optimum level for you.