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February 1, 2013 Computer Knowledge

Computer Startup Slow? Here comes the Tip to Optimize It


I bet you still remember when you first brought your computer home, how fast it boots and responds, that was quite beatific, wasn’t it? However, when the computer was used for a period of time, these blissful days will long gone as you notice that the computer takes centuries to boot and also a lot of computer errors start to show up during startup. Actually it is not a serious problem, and you can totally fix it by yourselves, here is the tutorial for you. One of the causes of slow startup is that your computer installed too much applications, many of them will automatically run at the background upon computer booting, your system needs extra recourse to load those processes thus end up longer startup time. But you should know that some of these processes is not really necessary for system booting, so, if we can disable all unnecessary startup items/processes, your computer startup time will be shorten remarkably, and also fix startup errors including hal.dll Error, ISASS.EXE error, etc.

First you can press “Ctrl+Shift+ESC” key to open Task Manager, then click on Process tab. Now you can see all the processes that are running in the system background and how much system resources for each takes up.


If you are a experienced computer user, you would know what programs or applications theses process are belong to, remember down the unnecessary processes, and then use System Configuration Utility to disable them:

  • Click Start button and select Run option, for Windows 7 user, locate the Search Programs section.


  • Type msconfig in the Run or Search box and press Enter key to launch System Configuration Utility.
  • Click Startup tab in System Configuration Utility.


  • Look through the startup items list, select to uncheck the items which you know for sure are unnecessary for system startup.
  • Click Apply button and then click OK.
  • Reboot your computer to allow the changes take effect

If you come across startup item that you don’t recognize or remember, do not recklessly disable it, you can first Google its name to find out what it is for, and then you can decide whether to disable it or leave it alone. For computer starters and novice, they may not recognize most of the startup items which makes this kind of operation potentially dangerous, for situations like that, I would suggest to use third party startup management utility or registry tools which has similar features, those tools would provide information about each startup item/process/entry, which would make it easier for you to figure out what to disable and what to keep. Well, if you correctly done the above steps, I believe in the next reboot, you will surprisingly notice the improvement. Good luck!

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