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Is your computer sluggish? Cluttered? Bursting at the seams? In this course, created for those new to PC maintenance and utilities, author and computer teacher Laura Bungarz shares some of her favorite techniques to help you speed up your home PC. Learn about defragmenting, checking your RAM, sorting files, and using utilities you already have to clean up "behind the scenes." Laura will also provide tips on upgrading your computer and, if your budget permits, looking for a new PC.
One of the other ways we can speed up our computers is through speeding up the process of boot, or starting. If you're able to go for coffee and come back later, and your computer may not be booted, that means that your start-up process is really, really slow. And so, there are ways we can fix that, and one of them is through making some changes in something called "msconfig". What that is is it controls what starts up with your computer. Software manufacturers like to have things start with your computer.
They don't want you to have to turn them on manually. Adobe Reader is one of them. Microsoft Office is a common culprit. So are things like your digital camera and your printer and all of this other jazz. They're gonna want to start with your computer. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna learn how to tell those programs not to do that. You can simply go program to program and look in the preferences or the options for each individual program and turn them off that way. But there's other ways to do it, and I'm gonna show you a shortcut right now.
So what I want you to do is go to your Start Menu, and at the bottom in the search bar I want you to type the word run, R-U-N, and then click on it because it's just gonna come up here at the top. It says Programs. And then in the box, where it says open, you're just gonna type msconfig, M-S-C-O-N-F-I-G, msconfig, and click OK. Now you're gonna get a new box. Your System Configuration box. What I want you to do with this is check off Selective Startup. Leave everything alone. So what you're gonna see, and I'm gonna go back through it here just to show you.
Run, click the button msconfig and click OK. You're gonna do Selective Startup, and you're gonna go here. So what you would see on most computers is a list of software that's going to start with your computer. So you're gonna see things in here like Adobe Acrobat Reader. You're gonna see Microsoft Office programs in here. You're gonna see all kinds of things in here. You can go ahead and click on them, and you're gonna uncheck them, and you're gonna disable them as they come up in the list.
Now, I need you to be careful of this. Only uncheck things that you're familiar with, that you know what they are. Don't start unchecking everything in the list and just blindly say "Nothing's gonna start with my computer" because your computer may not start. So what you wanna do is look for programs that you recognize, things that you're familiar with and uncheck those, and leave the rest alone. And then once you're done with it, you click Apply, you click OK, and you'll have to restart your computer, but once you do that, it'll be set up for you. And that's how you use msconfig.
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