How to Speed Up Windows XP?

Stopping the applications from running at startup is really easy because there is place you can go to stop the progress of them all. Several only run because they are in the folder, others since they are a portion of the scripts, others because of Windows database configurations, and a whole lot more.

Begin by cleaning out your folder. To locate it, you must remember what your username and your Windows logon name are. Erase the shortcuts of any applications that you do not want to run on startup. Just like any other shortcuts, when you erase them, you are actually erasing only the shortcut, not the entire application itself. You can also clean the startup items by going to the start menu, clicking on "programs" and then click on "startup." After that, right click on the items that you wish to delete.

Next, clear out your Scheduled Tasks folder and erase any shortcuts of any applications that you do not want to automatically run on a schedule.

To stop Windows XP from loading any applications in the folder, press down the "Shift" key during the startup. No applications in the folder will be launched, but the items will still stay there so that they will boot up as they would usually the next time you switch on your PC.

Utilizing the system configuration utility

Taking the following steps will stop the evident applications from running at startup, but it will not kill them all. One way to disable hidden applications that run on startup is the System Configuration Utility. To launch it, at the command prompt, type "msconfig" and hit the enter key.

To stop an application from running at boot up, go to the Startup tab in this utility, and remove the check in the box next to the application. It can frequently be hard to understand which applications are listed on the Startup tab. For some, like America Online, are clearly branded. But most of the time, you will view a phrase or compilation of letters.

To acquire more details about the listing, enlarge the width of the Command column close to the top of the Startup tab. The directory position should be another tip to help you identify the name of the applications.

When stopping applications from running when booting up, it is best to stop them individually rather than in groups. You want to ensure that you are not causing any system issues by stopping them. So you should stop one, then reboot your computer. If it works great, then stop another and reboot. Keep on doing this until you have erased all of the applications you do not want to automatically run.

An easier way of doing this is to use a PC optimization tool. A quality third-party program lets you manage which programs launch at Startup as well as fixing errors in the Windows database.

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