Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why is my computer so slow on startup?
Startup is the time it takes to load your computer once it is turned on. This includes the time it takes to load Windows, and start any other scheduled programs. If your PC is taking longer at startup than it used to, it may be that there are too many programs scheduled to run at that time. There are a few items which are important, and should always run at startup. These include various Windows processes, anti-virus and other security software and programs that you use every day.
However, there are many items that load at startup that are not always necessary, or even unwanted. For every item that loads at startup, more system resources are required. This slows down the overall startup time. If you have a lot of startup items, the system resource use will skyrocket, and you will have a slow and frustrating wait for the startup process to finish. In order to solve this, SpeedyPC Pro's Startup Manager gives you instant access and control over all startup programs, so you can boost performance by easily disabling the ones you don't need.
What other steps can I take to speed up my computer's startup time?
There are a few possible solutions. For example, you could find, purchase, and install more memory for your system. If you are unsure how to do this, many computer repair shops will perform the service for you, for an additional fee.
Another solution would be to remove the excess items at startup, so that less memory is used. By pruning out and disabling the unneeded startup items, your computer would have more memory available, resulting in a faster startup time.
To maximize the available memory during startup, and to create faster startup times, it is advisable to use special software designed to detect and disable items loaded on startup. Quality utility programs like SpeedyPC Pro will allow you to review each of the items that run on startup, and give options to disable or delete the item. This way, you can be sure that the system resources are being used appropriately, and Windows startup is as fast as possible.
Why is my Windows taskbar and desktop so full of icons I never use?
The Windows Taskbar is usually located on the bottom-right of your screen, next to the current time. Check out your taskbar right now, and see how many icons you have. There's probably so many that they don't even fit – you can see all of them by clicking on the little arrow. If you're an average computer user, there may be a huge collection of taskbar icons here. Hold your mouse over a few of them for a brief description. You may find volume control, Internet connection, anti-virus program, and Microsoft Outlook. Every single icon here represents a program running in the background. It could be an active icon, like your antivirus; it could be running in the background, waiting to spring to life; or it could be inactive, waiting for you to click it. SpeedyPC Pro's Startup Manager can also display a listing of all the taskbar items which load at startup, for easy review.
Why does my Windows Desktop have tons of useless icons and links?
The Windows Desktop is the screen you first see when you startup Windows. It's the screen that displays your wallpaper, and your "Recycle Bin". It also often shows icons for "My Computer," "My Documents," and more. Chances are there are dozens of icons on your desktop, many of which are unused and unneeded. Many can also be broken links – items that no longer lead to anything. This can occur when you create a link to a specific file or program. Later, that file or program is removed, but the link remains. Clicking these broken links can lead to error messages. And with regular use, the icons pile up. If you are not sure which of your many desktop shortcuts are broken, select SpeedyPC Pro's "Program Shortcuts" category, then run a scan to see a list.
How can I clean up my desktop and toolbar?
The problem that most computer users experience is that, with so many icons in the Taskbar and Desktop, it becomes difficult to find the program you really need. Not only that, but it clutters up the screen. To tackle the issue of taskbar icons, there are a few ways to clean things up. First, check the programs you regularly use. Most will have an option to enable or disable the taskbar icon. By disabling a few of these, you can regain some space. However, not all items have this option. In order to handle these, a good course of action is to use special software that allows you to tweak the startup. With SpeedyPC Pro you can choose which programs load on startup. By restricting which programs load, you can disable unneeded programs from placing unwanted icons in your toolbar. (For details on this, see Why is my computer so slow on startup?).
For the issue of broken links on the desktop, it's important to be sure that the links are actually not useful. There are few things more frustrating that accidentally deleting a link to an important file or program. There are advanced utility programs that allow you to automatically scan your system for invalid links, and quickly remove them. A SpeedyPC Pro scan will confirm that the files are actually broken, and will promptly provide you with a tidy and easy-to-use desktop.
What is the Windows Database?
The Windows Database, as the name may suggest, is a huge database for all the programs, processes and events that occur in Windows. Every option, setting and preference for Windows applications is referenced through the Windows database, along with options and configurations for hardware. As a central hub for Windows activities, the healthy operation of the Windows Database is absolutely crucial. The Windows Database, with its importance, is correspondingly large and complex. An error here can have drastic effects throughout your system. To see what kind of errors and junk data are cluttering up your Windows Database, run a SpeedyPC Pro scan. To reveal all the items, be sure to select each scan category.
Problems in the Windows Database can have a number of causes. Improper installation or uninstallation of software can lead to bits of information left over, cluttering up the database and potentially leading to error messages. These can range from DLL errors, Font errors, Help File faults, and more. Viruses and other malicious software can be another cause. There are many fine security programs which can remove viruses and other threats. However, their goal is only to remove the danger of the infection. Often, the security program will remove the infection, but will leave behind scattered entries in the Windows Database. These leftovers do not have the danger of a virus or malware, but can still clog up and slow down the operations of the registry.
How do I clean the Windows Database?
Editing the Windows Database is possible. By bringing up the Windows "Run" box and typing "Regedit" (no quotes) access to is granted easily. However, do not let the ease of access suggest that editing the Windows Database is for the average user. The possibility of causing extreme damage is very real, and we suggest that the Windows Database is edited by professionals only. Most computer users should never venture into the Windows Database. Instead, there are a range of software programs available which can automatically scan and repair the Windows Database. SpeedyPC Pro gives you the flexibility to select specific areas to clean, and the peace of mind to streamline the Windows Database without worries of further damage. The best of these programs include backup features that allow you to create a complete backup of your system and Windows Database, as well as track the changes made. This will allow you to quickly restore your system, in case of future problems.