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January 12, 2011
6:00 pm
Virginia (Ginger) Pu

My computer is very slow in boot up.  There must be a lot of programs that are loading when booting.  I am using Vista.  How to I find and delete these files?


I initiall wrote I had Window7, it is really Vista.  Corrected the post.

January 13, 2011
9:15 pm
Fred Hagedorn
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I am having the exact problems with my Win7, along with a friend using Vista. I would hope there will be a program one could download and run that would show you what is starting up and what could be turned off from a boot up. 

I fully trust Jim and Chris to furnish us an answer. 

PS: I am a novice, so I'm hoping for a very user friendly program to help both myself and Virginia Purdy out.

Thanks Jim & Chris.

January 14, 2011
12:19 pm

Goto Start. Type msconfig and select the msconfig program at the top. When the program starts, select the Startup tab at the top. This shows you everything that starts and lets you select programs to turn off.

January 15, 2011
1:19 am
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Yes, msconfig is the built in way to examine your Startup options. 

A free, third party software that we recommend is CCleaner.  There's a video on it in our Safe Computing series: /safe-computing-learning-series/  You gotta be careful here though … there's a lot of things you probably won't recognize – and it can cause unexpected problems to remove something you don't know.  Anything you do recognize, and know you can do without, by all means stop it from loading.  If you think you can remove something, but you're not sure … just google it first to learn what it does.

January 16, 2011
9:48 pm
Fred Hagedorn
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See there, I just knew this is the place to ask questions and be steered correctly! I have used CCleaner in the past and was pleased with the outcome on my sisters computer. Now I'll have to try it on my computer.

Thank you so very much David and Chris.


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