Avoid Memory Clutter, Clean Up that Boot

June 24, 2008

Does your system run slow at times or does it take forever to boot up?

You are not alone, many of us face this issue at times and our computer may require some “spring cleaning” to get it running faster and more stable.

If you run Windows 9x/Me or Windows XP/Vista you can start speeding up your computer by freeing up some memory. First you can start off by uninstalling programs loading at startup that you do not need. Many times we never utilize some programs that load into memory during startup. These are the programs that we can either uninstall or disable the boot process for that program.

How do you disable a program from loading at startup to free up memory?

Utilizing the MSConfig utility will allow you to disable a program from loading at startup which will free up memory that you can use for other tasks. Freeing up memory will also speed up the operation of your computer in most cases. MSConfig is included with the Windows operating system and can be accessed by clicking on Start then Run and type in msconfig and press enter.


Caution: You must remember that you can seriously damage your computer or the operation of your system if you check off the wrong items. Please be cautious.

Before you disable or uninstall any programs you must identify which program that you do not want loading at startup and make sure it is something that you do not need. If you have trouble identifying the program listed in MSConfig then you can use the Sysinfo.org startup list as a reference or search tool to identify any startup application.


With the MSConfig utility open you will want to select the Startup tab to view the programs that load during your current boot process. Once again, make sure you DO NOT uncheck any items that are essential for the security or operation of your computers day to day functions such as your antivirus or antispyware software. This is also a good time to see if you have any spyware items or files present on your computer. If you see any spyware directories present then you must remove them at once. Find any programs that you do not need to boot at startup and uncheck them. Click Apply. Click OK and exit the MSConfig utility. At this point you will be prompted to restart your computer. You may choose to restart at this time. You will notice when your computer starts back up that the selected program will no longer load and you will have more available memory. You may get a "System Configuration Utility" message notifying you of changes made. Click on the check box that says "Don’t show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows start:" then click OK.



You may perform the above steps at your own risk. This article is for informational purposes only. If you have anything to add to this discussion then we want to hear from you. Post your comments below.

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