Many applications that you install on your computer will add programs to the tasks of your computer. That means the added task will run in the background when you start your computer. Most of the tasks are not essential and they will use your computer’s resources, slowing your computer. It is a good idea to go through your task list and remove the programs that are not necessary.
You can see what tasks run upon startup by bringing up the system configuration utility. To bring up the system configuration utility, click Start on the task bar (bottom bar) and choose Run from the list. In the box, type msconfig then choose OK. That will bring up the system configuration utility window. Look at the tabs on the top of the window and choose Startup.
You will see a list of programs with check boxes next to each one. Some of the programs are important and should not be bothered and some can be closed (unchecked). There is a website that will assist you in deciding what is important. The site is linked below:
The programs on the website are listed alphabetically and the pages are long so I suggest using find (Ctrl f) to help you quickly find each program. Not all programs will be listed.
- Unchecking a program will not make it disappear forever. It will still be on the list, it just won’t be checked and it won’t run when you turn on your computer.
- When you alter the start-up, it will want to reboot, if this is the first time you have ever done this, allow it to reboot. Upon rebooting a window will pop up telling you that the configuration was changed, so don’t be surprised by that. I elect not to see the window after seeing it the first time, otherwise it comes up on every reboot.
- Proceed cautiously, don’t randomly uncheck boxes.
- Takes notes of the programs that are necessary and file the list. When you install new programs, check your list against the startup configuration to see what is new and if the new task is necessary.