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Speed up your startup

Speed up your startup
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Do you spend many, long minutes every morning waiting for your computer to turn on? You press the "On" button and then for five or 10 minutes your computer sits there, thinking and thinking.

That's frustrating, especially when you're trying to get work done. The good news is, you can really speed up that process.

The culprit behind slow startups is often the software programs that automatically start each time you turn on your computer. You probably don't need half of them to start up. So, turn them off. But how?

It's really easy with Autoruns for Windows from Microsoft. It's a simple-to-download program that shows you everything that automatically starts up (see photo below).

Then, simply un-click the programs that you don't have to have open. Don't worry, you're not uninstalling the programs. You're just saving yourself a headache each time you turn on your PC.

Autoruns

Download instructions

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the blue link that says "Download Autoruns and Autorunsc." It will automatically download.

Open the .zip file >> click on the Autoruns application folder >> Extract All >> click again on Autoruns application folder >> Run. Follow the step-by-step instructions. Autoruns will start scanning your Startup menu and give you the option to turn some programs off from your Startup menu.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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