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Windows 7 - How to Change Your Startup Programs

When you start your Windows 7 computer, a number of programs start by default. That default startup makes it easier and faster for you to open your most frequently used programs, but if the startup folder includes programs you do not need your computer could slow down or even become unresponsive. Depending on the configuration of your computer, you may be able to speed up your Windows 7 operating system by removing unneeded items from the startup folder.

Changing the startup programs on your Windows 7 computer is not difficult .To change those startup programs, just follow these simple steps.
1. Click the Start button on your computer. Wait for the Search box to appear.
2. Type msconfig in the Search box. Wait for the System Configuration console to open.
3. Go to the Startup tab in the System Configuration console. Review the list of programs that start automatically with your computer.
4. Uncheck any items you do not want to start each time your PC boots. Do not uncheck the programs you use for spyware and virus detection. You need those programs to run in the background any time your computer is in use.
5. Restart your computer when prompted. Your new startup menu options will take effect the next time your computer starts.

Monitor the performance of your computer after you have made these changes to your startup folder. Go back to the msconfig utility and tweak your options until your Windows 7 computer is operating more efficiently.


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