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5 Reasons Why Your Computer Starts up Slow

Posted on: 05/24/11
Dealing with a sluggish computer is not only annoying and frustrating, but also time consuming. There could be dozens of reasons why your computer starts relatively slow and takes an unreasonable amount of time to load Windows®. To help you narrow down the exact cause of the slowdown, here are the five most common possible reasons:

1. Congested startup items: The number of startup items (programs, process, and services) scheduled to run at startup decides your computer’s startup time to a great extent. Over time, as you install additional programs on your computer, most consider themselves important and register as startup items. As the list of startup items grows, it gradually increases the computer’s boot time.


In order to speed up your computer’s startup time, you should run only the crucial programs at startup and disable all other programs that are not necessary to run upon startup. To manage these startup items, you could either do it manually by accessing Windows’ built-in utility, msconfig or by using a third party utility. Figuring out which programs you should remove from the startup process vs. which are essential can be fairly confusing. You might want to consider using RapidStart by Support.com to review which programs are slowing you down, and then decide whether you want to configure the rest yourself or work with a Personal Technology Expert® who can clean up your programs for you for a small fee.



To access msconfig, click on Start > Run > type “msconfig” (without quotes), and hit the ‘OK’ button. Go to ‘Startup’ and ‘Services’ tabs and un-check those you do not want to load when your computers starts. To apply your changes, select “Apply”.


Warning: Make sure you know what each service is before you un-check the box. Some services are required for the proper operation of your computer and/or installed applications. If you are not sure, do not un-check the service.


2. BIOS settings: As soon as you power on your computer, the BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) runs a series of tests and configures various devices connected to your computer. If your computer’s BIOS is not configured properly, it could affect your PC’s startup process.. Enter the BIOS setup and notice if there are any obscure commands. Make sure that the first boot device is set to your primary hard drive, motherboard logo display is turned off, and quick boot/fast boot feature is enabled.


3. Fragmented registry: The Windows Registry is one of the most critical components of Microsoft Windows operating systems, and its health greatly determines the proper functionality of the operating system. If your registry is corrupted or bloated, it can cause your system to boot up slowly. To keep your Windows registry healthy and slim down for better performance, run a trusted registry cleaner program at regular intervals.


4. Virus and spyware infections: If you experience sudden slowdown in your computer’s startup process and overall PC performance, chances are your PC might be infected with adware or spyware. Always keep your anti-virus program up-to-date, and perform thorough scan of your hard drives at regular intervals.


5. Faulty hardware/memory issues: Last, but not least, faulty hardware components such as additional graphic card, sound card, memory (RAM), hard drives, etc. can also cause your system to hang/crash while booting. In such circumstances, all you need to do is remove unnecessary hardware devices one at a time until you spot the perpetrator.


If your computer is running relatively slow, optimize your Windows computer yourself with RapidStart™ or call 1-800-PC-Support (1-800-727-8776).


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