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Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners
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Using msconfig in Windows 8


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Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners

with Laura Bungarz

Video: Using msconfig in Windows 8

One of the ways we can speed up the computer is by speeding up the process of booting, or starting up the computer. There's a couple of ways you can do this. Most programs, when you install them, will automatically want to start when the computer starts. But, in a lot of cases, that's totally unnecessary. Microsoft Office, for example, doesn't need to start when the computer starts up. Adobe Acrobat Reader doesn't need to start up when your computer starts up. There's ways that we can shut them off. You can go from program-to-program, and go into the Options, and go fiddle and find the option where it says "Turn on with the computer." Or, we can cheat.

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Speeding Up Your Home PC for Beginners
45m 52s Appropriate for all Jul 09, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Cleaning the desktop
  • Organizing files with folders
  • Using Disk Cleanup, msconfig, and Disk Defragmenter
  • Freeing up disk space
  • Buying and installing RAM
  • Upgrading your computer
Subjects:
Business Productivity Home + Small Office
Author:
Laura Bungarz

Using msconfig in Windows 8

One of the ways we can speed up the computer is by speeding up the process of booting, or starting up the computer. There's a couple of ways you can do this. Most programs, when you install them, will automatically want to start when the computer starts. But, in a lot of cases, that's totally unnecessary. Microsoft Office, for example, doesn't need to start when the computer starts up. Adobe Acrobat Reader doesn't need to start up when your computer starts up. There's ways that we can shut them off. You can go from program-to-program, and go into the Options, and go fiddle and find the option where it says "Turn on with the computer." Or, we can cheat.

I'm going to show you how to cheat right now. What you're gonna do is go to your Start menu. Up here, in the top, right-hand corner ... If you're on Windows 8.1, you've got a little magnifying glass there, that says "Search." If you go in here, and you just type "Run." I didn't hit Enter or anything, but it popped up for me. I have "Run" right here. I'm just gonna click on it. What I want to type is "msconfig." This is back from the days of Windows 95, even. We're gonna click "Ok." We get to here.

What we want to do is we want the "Selective Startup." So, if this stuff isn't already selected for you, go ahead and check off, you want the Selective Startup. Then, what you wanna do is go to the Startup tab. In Windows 8, they've put it into the Task Manager. What this is actually gonna do, is just bring you a link to the Task Manager. You could, in a shortcut to get to the Task Manager, click Control, Alt, Delete on your keyboard, and click Task Manager when it pops up on your screen. If I do it here, I'll lose the recording, so I won't do it. What you're gonna end up with is this.

This is your Task Manager. If you're on the Processes tab, this is just showing you everything that's running on your computer at the moment. What you wanna do is get to the Startup tab. You wanna have a look at these. For example, just like I said, Adobe Acrobat Reader wants to start when your computer starts. It's unnecessary. It slows down your computer if you've got enough of those little programs that are starting when your computer starts. What you can do is just disable. You click on it, and click "Disable." What it's gonna do, is it's not going to let it start when the computer starts.

That's how you control what starts up with your computer, and what doesn't. Now, I want you to be careful. If you play around in here, you can break things. Some of this stuff may need to start with your computer. If you don't recognize it, if you don't know what it is, don't touch it. Look for programs you're familiar with, you know, like Adobe, that doesn't need to start with your computer, and turn it off. Don't go playing around in here, and try to find stuff to break. Don't shut things down that you don't know what they are. Be very, very careful with this.

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Q:  Can I defragment a solid-state hard drive?
A: It is not recommended to defragment a solid state drive (SSD). If you are confused about whether or not you have a solid state drive verses a standard hard drive there are a few ways to check. One way is to simply go into the Control Panel through your Start menu and go to the Device Manager. Look for the Disk Drive option, click the little plus (+) sign to the left of it and check the name of the hard drive listed. If it doesn't say outright one way or the other a simple Google search of the name of the hard drive will provide you with the information you need.
 
Another way to find it is by simply going into Computer or My Computer and right-clicking on your hard drive, probably C:. Under the Hardware tab it will tell you what type of hard drive you have. Again, if you're still unsure, do a simply Google search to find the information you need.
 
 
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