Slow Starting Programs

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  1. Brian30755

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    Lately it seems like it takes forever for a program to start-up. I double-click the icon, or click the quick-launch button, and then wait and wait for the program to start.

    I keep my computer scanned and cleaned-up on a daily basis. I'm familiar with most of the "basic" stuff you can do to make your computer run faster, but none of it has helped.

    Here's my system info:

    Celeron(R) CPU 2.66GHz
    2.67 GHz, 1.99 GB of RAM
    Disk Capacity: 74.5 GB
    Used Space: 61.2 GB
    Free Space: 13.2 GB

    Again, my problem is that all programs on my computer seem to take forever to start up. Any help or ideas would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. moeowo2

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    How often do you defragment?
     
  4. Brian30755

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    When I think about it, which isn't very often. Probably every couple of months or so.
     
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    Depending on how often you use the computer you should do it once a week.
     
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    Make sure you do not have a virus or some other malware. They slow down computers.
     
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    I am going to assume this includes virus and spyware/adware scans. Double check using housecall.trendmicro.com (free online virus scan) and Malwarebyte's Anti-Malware (free version of syware/adware scanner).

    OK, open up the System Configuration utility (in XP, Click RUN and type in "msconfig" and hit enter; in Vista, type "msconfig" in the Start Search box, right-click it and choose "Run as administrator"). Click the Startup tab. This is a list of all the programs that start up with Windows. You will have to use Google to find out what all the entries are that are listed. Uncheck everything you absolutely do not have to have running (everything but your anti-virus, firewall, anti-spyware apps, and so forth). Hit Apply, then OK. Do not reboot yet.

    Click Start, All Programs, Startup. Anything found here will also startup with Windows. Move whatever you don't need to a different location (back into the program's folder would be the best place).

    Now reboot. Once your computer comes back up, a gray box will pop up, named "System Configuration Utility". Check the "don't bother me" box and hit OK.

    As for defragging, unless youa re a heavy user once a month should be enough. I use a third party application to handle mine out of sight (O&O). It's not free, but it is great.
     
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    Every day I clean out the files using CCleaner which available for free from http://www.ccleaner.com/

    It has saved me from a lot of problems.
     

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