Step 11: Tip #5: Turn Off Start-up Programs (cont.)

Now after selecting the 'Startup' tab you will see a list of all of the tools and programs that startup when you turn your computer on. To stop one from starting simply uncheck the checkbox next to the program. However, you should be careful again when selecting items you do not recognize. I sometimes find it helpful to take the startup item name and search it on Google.com to see what it is and if I need it. There are sites out there such as processlibrary.com that will tell you if you need a program for your computer to function normally.

Once you are finished unselecting all unnecessary programs, select 'Ok,' and it will prompt you to restart your computer; select 'Yes/Ok'.

You're done! Enjoy a faster more powerful computer!

Another good tip is to disable your background and have a simpler theme.
If you believe there's value in defragmenting your disks you should do it ''after'' you've removed unnecessary software. <br /><br />L<br /><br />
True<br />
Some people say that since storage is cheap (generally) there's little value in removing unused data and defragmenting. After all it's in freeing-up space that fragmentation occurs. <br />?<br />Getting rid of the aesthetics is a definite good move though.<br /><br />L<br />
I just do it so I can watch the colored blocks move around, so soothing<br />
i know exactly what you mean, but unfortunately i have Win 7 and it doesnt have the the little bars, so all i can do is wait, un-entertained
I&nbsp;do to, get http://www.mydefrag.com/<br />
<p>Kuhl! Danke!</p>
Ooh, too much time on your hands...<br /><br />L<br />
thats a very valid point<br />

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