Ask the Answer Guy – It is Taking Longer for My PC to Start Up. Is There a Simple Way to Fix this Problem?

Over time, updates and new software add to the list of programs and services that automatically load when you start your computer.

Some of these items are essential, such as antivirus and firewall services. But chances are your startup includes a host of programs you rarely use. Luckily, it's easy to clean these out and give your computer a fresh start.

Click Start (for Vista) or Start, Run (for older Windows versions). In the box, type "msconfig" and press "Enter". Click on the Startup tab and you'll see all the programs that start when you turn on your computer. Uncheck the ones you don't want.

Repeat this process with the Services tab, and click "OK."

By the way, if you're not sure whether you need a particular program or service, you can search for it here. Process Library describes thousands of programs and services, telling you what each one does and whether or not it's critical.

You can also enter the program name in your favorite search engine and find a description.

About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.

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