posted by Mike Tucker
Are you suffering with the slow computer boot up blues? let me tell you there is nothing worse than a slow computer. I had one system I would start up before taking a shower in the morning, that’s how slow it was booting up. So what do you do? Make a pot of coffee while your computer boots up? Well it doesn’t have to be this way. You can speed up your computer and restore all that lost performance you used to have.
Here are some tips you can follow to speed up that slow computer. First of all you want to remove any programs from startup that you do not absolutely need running. By default a lot of software puts their programming your start up, it really doesn’t need to be running all the time. If you’re not sure what it is to not remove it. You can disable it, and see if you run into any problems.
Next you will want to perform maintenance on your computer, which you probably haven’t done in a while. Clean out your temporary files, delete your cookies and empty your recycle bin. If you have never done so you will want to defragments your hard drive. However this takes an awful long time so you may want to start it before going to bed. Last time mine took over 12 hours.
After that you want to do a full virus scan after updating your definitions. Make sure you have the latest updates. You’ll also want to do a full spyware/ad aware scan. Many people have spyware running on their computer in the background using up a lot of resources and are never aware of it. If you need a good spyware remover you can download a good professional spyware remover here.
Depending on what antivirus program you have, make sure it’s not your to scan every time your computer starts, this will really cause a slow computer boot up. So far so good? Let’s get onto the biggest reason computers are slow to boot up. The Windows registry. Registry is like the heart of your operating system at least if you’re running Windows. All software has to reference the registry for the correct settings and registry keys for your software.
When your computer boots up, load programs or shuts down it has to reference the registry. Most people have a corrupt or bloated registry and don’t know it. What happens is when your computer boots up it comes across these corrupted or orphaned registry keys and tries to reference the software that goes with them. By default Windows will pause to look for the programs before moving on. If you have many bad registry entries, which you probably do this can take forever for a computer to boot up.
What you need to do is clean up these corrupted or orphaned registry keys. If you are a very experienced with Windows operating system you can do this by hand. It is usually not recommended though. If you delete or alter the wrong registry key your computer may become unstable or unusable. It is much better to use software to do the job for you, safely. If you do not have a good registry scanner/cleaner you will have to download one since Windows does not supply one.
While the free registry cleaners are tempting I would not recommend them. Most of them are poorly written and do not do a thorough scan of your computer, on purpose. If they did the job they were supposed to do there would be no reason for you to upgrade to their “professional version”. So why not just invest in a good registry repair program to start with.
Not sure if you need a registry cleaner? Best way to find out is download a trial version and run a scan on your computer. From there you can see how many corrupt or bad registry entries you have and decide whether you need a registry cleaner or not. To make the necessary repairs and to cure your slow computer boot up you will have to purchase the program.
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