Does your computer take too long to boot up? Once it does do you have dozens of little program icons in your system tray? It’s probably because you have too many programs which start running at startup. Just about every program written these days seems to want to do something “in the background”. The first thing you do is uninstall any programs you no longer use (or ever used) and any programs that you can’t identify what they do. But some programs you still do use, even if it is only once in a “blue moon”. You can see in the screenshot below, that immediately after logging in to this computer that there are 233 different processes running, consuming nearly 90% of the available memory! Note the myriad icons in the system tray, by default windows only shows you a handful of these.
Reducing this is easy and it will make your PC launch noticeably faster. To change the items running at startup, go to Run using the hotkey Windows key + R, and type “msconfig.” A small window will appear (see the screenshot below).
Now select the Startup tab. From here you will be able to turn off many startup programs, which can shave several seconds (or minutes) off your boot time.
In this example there is Microsoft Mouse and keyboard, plus Logitech Setpoint utilities. These are both to do with keyboards and mice? Do you really need both of them? the HP power assistant the adobe updater? You can untick the ones you think you don’t need and then restart your computer. You can always come back and tick them again to reactivate a feature you realise you cant live with out.
(Note Windows 8 has moved this functionality to the Task Manager). Try to make sure you research what you are turning off as some processes might be needed by third party programs or drivers you have installed.