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Slow Startup

Waiting ages for your computer to start up and reach a working desktop can be a frustrating experience. There are many reasons why the computer can take a long time to start up, but there are a few things you can do which normally solve the problem. Consider the following tips to not only decrease your computer's startup time, but also to increase overall performance.

1 - Disable Startup Programs
If you have programs configured to start up automatically every time you log in to Windows, the amount of time it takes to reach a working desktop can be far longer. Most startup programs can be easily prevented from launching automatically from the System Configuration utility. To access it, type "msconfig" in the start menu search and press Enter. Click the startup tab and deselect any programs which are enabled that you don't need. Click "OK" to save the changes. There's no need to restart the system at this stage, in spite of the prompt you'll see.

2 - Install the Latest Updates and Service Packs
Microsoft releases new updates every week for Windows 7 and, occasionally, major updates known as Service Packs are released. While most updates are designed to fix bugs and improve system security, some also add new features to your operating system or improve performance. You should always run Windows Update regularly and ensure that you keep your computer up to date. You can find Windows Update by opening the start menu and selecting "All Programs." Alternatively, type "Windows Update" into the start menu search box.

3 - Defragment Your Disk
Defragmenting your disk reorganizes the data contained on it in such a way that its physical location is ordered contiguously. This is far more efficient, lending to faster startup times and an overall performance increase, especially with regards to loading times. Type "defragment" into the start menu search box and defragment your primary hard drive.

4 - Use System Restore
If the problem only recently started to occur, such as after installing a new driver, hardware device or program, you may want to try running System Restore. You can access System Restore by typing "system restore" into the start menu search and pressing Enter. Restore your computer to the most recent restore point when everything was working normally. This measure should generally only be reserved for more severe cases.


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