Think your Windows computer takes too long to boot up? You may be right.      Sometimes many programs could be running in the background, even though you didn’t open them. That’s because they have been designated to automatically load upon boot up, thus slowing down the boot procedure as well as overall performance. To eliminate unwanted program load upon startup, go to Start, key in msconfig in the RUN box, and then hit Return. When the System Configuration Utility window appears, select the tab Startup. Then browse for programs you don’t wish to load during startup. When one is found, simply uncheck the box beside its name. For example, in Windows 7, the Windows Instant Messenger program often is set to load automatically at startup, even if you may never use it. (adapted from Smart Computing January 2010, page 16)

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