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Free fix for slow Windows startup

Many folks don't shut down their computer at night. That's because by the time it finishes starting up again the next day, it's time to go back to bed!

Of course, there's nothing wrong with leaving your computer on all night, but sometimes you just want to turn it off. But you don't want to wait forever for it to turn back on.


Why does it take your computer so darn long to start up? A big part of the answer has to do with the programs that run automatically whenever your computer is turned on.

If you have a ton of programs set to run on startup, your processor will struggle to keep up with the workload. You probably don't need many of those programs to run until you choose to use them.

So how do you fix it? Try out these three free utilities. Each one will help you know which programs are slowing your startup and can also help you manage your boot time.

Autoruns - It can be hard to figure out exactly what programs and processes are scheduled to run at startup. That's why Autoruns is a very helpful utility.

It tells you every program that runs at startup and what order they start. You can stop programs from automatically running without deleting them from your computer. Programs are organized by category, which can help you determine the ones you don't want to disable, such as security.

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