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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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