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Happy Friday! Last week's topic "For an elderly person, is the tablet
a good move from a desktop/laptop?" drew in a bunch of responses
from our members in the forum discussion thread. I also received
several dozen e-mails in response to the topic. While I love
hearing your thoughts through e-mail, your fellow members are missing
out! So in the future, please post your thoughts in the discussion
thread so they can be read by all.
Now, let's get cracking on how we can help Tom speed up his Windows 7
machine's bootup time.
Well, Tom, after reading through your fellow members' suggestions,
there could be many factors that are causing your Windows
system to boot up slower over time. It can range from your PC being
infected with viruses and spyware and having an overly defragmented drive
to an excessive amount of programs running in the background. And
that's just the tip of the iceberg.
As a few people pointed out, the main reason why PCs will eventually
take longer to start up is simply because more programs are running in
the background as you start your system and those programs that you've
added over time run processes to check or get updates from the Internet
during the bootup stages. And one solution for that is to minimize clutter
and minimize those unnecessary programs from the startup. This is just
one example of many that our members have shared. So give all the
answers a read, start with the simple recommended tasks, and see if
there are any improvements. If not, go forward from there. I have selected
a few answers to get you started in the Q&A section. Good luck! And thanks
to all for taking the time to stop by and lend a hand to help. Have
a splendid weekend!
Q: How can I make my Windows 7 machines boot up quickly? I have read many articles on how to make your computer boot quickly. I
have tried several, but after a month or so they become very slow
again. I have four laptops and three PCs in my home. While they are from
different manufacturers, they are all no more then a year old and
running Windows 7 Home Premium. With my Internet service I have Norton
installed. My newest computer can take up to 2 full minutes, while one
of the laptops can be as quick as 45-50 seconds. Can you tell me
specifically what is the magic formula or method of how I can get all
my systems to boot up quickly and continue to do so in future? Thank
Q: Fact or fiction: People could lose their Internet connection in July? I have been hearing a lot about the FBI establishing a Web site
(www.dcwg.org) to detect if your computer was infected by a virus sent
out by hackers. If you unknowingly downloaded the virus and it
remains undetected, the hackers will take down your access to the
Internet in July. Is this a legit site? If we visit the site and
receive a message that our computer is infected, do we download antivirus
software on the site to fix the problem? With so many scams out there,
it is sometimes hard to tell what is legit. If this were true
shouldn't my antivirus or anti-malware have picked this infection up?
Any explanation on this whole subject matter would help me be
prepared, just in case I am infected. Thanks for your help, have a