Happy Friday! First a pat on the back for all the members who contributed to Mary R.'s question a few weeks ago, about her hesitation to download Windows Vista SP1. She e-mailed me directly, saying thank you to all who helped. She also shared her experience using your advice and recommendations. She posted some tips she learned along the way and shares it in her note, so please read it. Thank you, Mary, for your e-mail to let us know how things worked out; we appreciate it! Again, without your contributions, this newsletter wouldn't be possible. You folks rock! Now let's move on to this week's topic on how to disable those unnecessary programs running in your PC's background.
I think this is one of the most-asked questions that I receive from folks each week and I'm glad it is being addressed with Kate's question. Many people are familiar with the whole process of stopping programs and there are several ways to tackle this task. From reading the answers, by far the most popular answer is using Windows msconfig to stop programs from loading during start-up, and while this is a fairly simple task given the instruction from our members, many users don't exactly know what programs (beside the obvious ones, of course) are the ones to disable. That seems to be where the confusion lies for people using this method. So as some folks pointed out, if you are unfamiliar with the start-up item, leave it alone or do an Internet search on the item and see exactly what it is for. Most certainly you'll find an answer this way, so you'll know if the program is needed or if you can safely disable it.
In addition to the msconfig suggestions, there are also many members who recommend certain software that they use to disable programs in the background. While those are great suggestions, I believe the best way to go about accomplishing the task is learning it without having to rely on any third-party app to do it. This way you can understand your system better and get the satisfaction of knowing you accomplished it all on your own. There are many great answers this week, including ones that do not have to do with programs running in your background but are general good practices to your system running lean and clean, so read through them all. I have a few featured member answers to get you started in the Q&A section. Thanks for everyone's time and effort in helping one another out! Have a great weekend!
Many times people mention that to speed up your computer's
overall speed--including Windows start-up, and shutdown--
is to eliminate unnecessary programs from running in
the background. Is this true? I have never truly
understood whether controlling the programs linked to your
Start menu is the answer, and I don't seem able to
successfully link the ones I want to open on start-up and
unlink the others. Please help me understand, as I'm not
at all familiar with this. What is the exact process that
I need to take to stop the unnecessary programs from
starting up and running in the background? Please explain
in detail a way in which I can do this safely and
successfully. I'm running Windows XP. Thanks a big bunch!
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Featured member solutions for last week's question:
What is the best way to scan photos at home if I have hundreds and don't want to stand over a flatbed scanner all day long? I am thinking of starting a small business, but I want something that can do a little volume with a little speed, and I have found document scanners aren't set up well for photos and offer lesser quality even at similar resolutions. I can spend a little money on a decent option, but I don't want to drop a ton of money on it either. Help?
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