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My laptop start up time has slowed a lot since I got it about a year ago so I'm clearing out the software I don't need and such. So what are the main essential things I need on start up and what will make the process a bit quicker?

asked Jun 27 '11 at 10:35

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iTunes, QuickTime, MobileMe, Steam, Evernote, OpenOffice.org, and Adobe Photoshop Photo Downloader are a few common programs that I've disabled in msconfig. Keep drivers, the OS, and your virus/malware protection program for sure. Most other stuff can go.

answered Jun 27 '11 at 15:13

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One thing you can do to dramatically decrease startup time is go to your start menu and type in msconfig and click enter a window pops up and it has options scroll over to startup tab and you can check/uncheck programs that start on startup and processes that automatically start on start up most programs you install start on startup so change them here it works for me.

answered Jun 27 '11 at 15:20

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snack pack88

Good place to check start-up programs is here. You might also want to double-check the processes running to see if some of those can be set to "disable". Right-click "Computer"->manage->services & applications->services.

Personally, I like to do a reinstall at about a year anyway. Ideally (& this is what I do when setting up a 1st time PC for a customer) you get Windows & any "gotta-have" programs loaded, as well as personal settings (email, wallpaper, custom settings such as those discussed here, etc)- and then create an image. I save it out to external hard drive as well as DVD. It's just a fail-safe in case the drive ever tanks. Windows 7 has this built-in under the "maintenance" folder. However, I prefer using Acronis True image as the image it makes is browse-able, where the MS version is not. You can also make a 2nd image which you may append/incrementally add-to- but I keep the original in it's "pristine" state (just in case one of my incremental back-ups is infected without me knowing at the time).

If you do things this way, and keep up on backing up data off of the PC, then you pretty much are set up for a stress-free PC experience.


answered Jun 27 '11 at 20:53

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Just Clear unessential software i.e Bloatware, crappy free trials and toolbars you have been forced to install with other programmes. This should make the start up process a bit quicker.

answered Jun 27 '11 at 11:19

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on start up and need? actually NOTHING.. that being said there are laptops and desktops the NEED to have drivers loaded to get the WIFI , sound, even the mouse loaded, I would assume you NEED those.

answered Jun 27 '11 at 14:36

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