Helpdesk Challenge – how to make your PC startup faster
If your PC feels like it’s swimming through treacle rather than first out the blocks, it could be because of a glut of unnecessary startup programs holding it back. We show you how to stop unwanted programs from opening upon startup.
Long startup times are often a surefire sign that your PC may be straining with over-enthusiastic programs all trying to open up automatically whenever you switch your PC on. Frustratingly, many programs default to ‘open on startup’ when you first install them, and if you don’t untick this option at the point of installing, you’ve just added more deadweight to your startup speeds.
The good news? It’s easy to find a list of your PC’s startup programs, and easier still to stop them from opening upon startup. Here’s how:
How to block Windows startup programs
To show which programs run at startup in Windows 7, click Start and type msconfig in the search box, then click the program msconfig in the results. For older Windows operating systems, click Start, then Run, and type msconfig and click OK.
This will open the System Configuration window. Click the Startup tab to see a list of all programs and items that start when you turn on your PC. It can be surprising just how long this list is.
Untick your Windows startup programs
Time to clear out the unnecessary programs. At this point, we’d strike a note of caution: there are plenty of programs and functions that your PC does need in order to start up smoothly. If you’re in doubt about unticking something, try searching online for what it does first. We wouldn’t recommend blocking your security software from starting up automatically.
More familiar programs like Skype, Evernote, or your printer or scanner software can all be safely blocked from starting automatically and still be opened easily when you want them.
Untick the tick-box next to any programs you don’t want to run at startup. Click Apply, then OK to close the System Configuration window. You’ll be advised to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.
What would you block?
What have your experiences been in blocking startup programs? If you’ve found any easy quick-wins that you’d recommend to others, share your tips in the comments box below.
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