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Squeeze More Speed and Performance Out of that Old PC

When that new PC first came out of the box it was a blazing fast machine. It was able to execute even the most complex programs in a matter of mere seconds. Startups and shutdowns were lightning fast, and performance was nothing short of stellar. But as time went by performance seemed to diminish. As more programs were added and more files were stored those once lightning fast startups and shutdowns started to take a bit longer. Those once speedy programs started to hang and act sluggish. What once took only seconds now stretched into minutes.

What's going on here? The PC is the same as it was when it first arrived from the factory. The hard drive has not crashed. Things seem generally OK; just a little slow at times.

While there are many things that can cause a PC to run slow, some of the most likely culprits are those little programs that load when the computer starts. Many programs, from popular office productivity software to music subscription services and video players, automatically load themselves each time the PC is started. While this makes starting those services faster, it can also cause a degradation of performance.

Fortunately Windows based machines make it easy for their owners to control what starts when the computer boots up. A handy program called MSCONFIG makes it easy for computer owners to control the programs and services that start up automatically. By tweaking those startup programs PC users can squeeze more speed - and better performance - out of their computers.

Starting MSCONFIG could not be easier. Simply click on the Start button and choose Run from the menu. Then type MSCONFIG in the box. When the program starts go to the Startup tab (the last tab on the right). There will be a list of all the programs that load at startup. Look for programs that can be removed from the list, being careful not to disable any antivirus, firewall or other vital programs. If you are not sure what a program does it is best to leave it alone. It can take some time to find the optimum startup configuration, but tweaking the startup menu in this way is one of the best ways to keep that old computer running like new.

 

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