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How to Speed Up the Boot Process in Windows 7

Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system promises faster performance for personal computers. One of the performance benefits promised by Microsoft is a decrease in the time it takes for the booting process. When you turn on a computer, the machine processes several steps during the boot session before you see the login dialog box in Windows. The boot processes ensure that major hardware components like memory (RAM), hard drives, and the central processing unit (CPU) are working properly before it sends instructions to the operating system. Once Windows 7 is loaded, you login to the computer and software is automatically started. It's this software that can slow down a computer and increase the time it takes to completely boot a Windows 7 machine.
Editing the System Configuration

Programs that run during the Windows 7 startup are set in the system configuration application. You can edit the Windows registry, but making mistakes in the registry can cause the machine to become inoperable. The safest method for editing the startup programs is the use of the system configuration application that is included in the Windows 7 operating system. To access the system configuration dialog box, click the Windows start button and select "Run" from the menu. Enter "msconfig" in the text box displayed and press the "Enter" key. Click the "Startup" tab, and you are shown a list of software applications that start every time you login to Windows. Scrolling through these applications, you notice that many of them are unnecessary. For instance, you may have an old printer application that is used to check for software driver updates. Removing this type of application would not harm the system, because Windows does not rely on this type of software to run properly. These small programs add up to large quantities of memory storage usage, and they slow down the boot process and overall performance of the computer. For each application that isn't needed in the startup list, clear the check box. This action does not delete the program, but it stops the software from automatically running every time you boot the machine. It also lowers the amount of memory usage, so your applications have more room in RAM, increasing computer performance. Additionally, you can increase performance by tweaking the Windows services that are started during the boot process. Click the "Services" tab in the configuration manager. Similar to the applications in the startup tab, services are loaded when the Windows 7 computer is started. Clear the check boxes next to the unnecessary service names. Once you've completed this step, click the "Ok" button in the system configuration dialog box. Reboot the computer, and you will observe a much faster boot process and an increase in computer performance on the machine. This small tweak improves overall performance on the Windows 7 computer. Although Windows 7 offers much faster processing speeds than Windows Vista, this change to the configuration files frees memory and stops unnecessary applications from loading. Although newer machines may only see a slight increase in performance, older computers will receive the biggest benefit.

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