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Windows 7 Is Slow on Startup – How to Fix

Are you sick of how slow Windows 7 is going at start-up? Well if you are then please read on. There are a lot of different reasons for Windows to be slow at start-up, below we will look at a number of them and discuss how to solve each problem.

The first area to look at is what exactly is starting up when loading into Windows, if there are more than about 4 or 5 programs loading or a particularly resource heavy application all trying to load, then it makes sense that start-up will take a long time. The easiest way to see what is loading and to stop any unwanted programs from opening automatically is by using msconfig, simply open up the start menu and in the search box type “msconfig”. This will open up a menu, once there select the start-up tab and deselect any software you do not want to load. You only really need to have an antivirus and firewall running, everything else is optional.

If you have a full hard drive, overloaded with software and files and nearing full capacity, then this could be another reason why Windows start-up is slow. Uninstall any unwanted software and delete any files that are not needed. It would also be a good idea to run a cleaning program such as CCleaner, this will remove any junk files such as cookies and temporary internet files.

Computer infection, in the form of a virus or some sort of malware can slow a computer down drastically, so be sure to have an up to date antivirus program and a firewall. Run regular scans and remove any infection.

Old hardware can be a cause of slowness also, if you are still using an old machine but trying to run modern day software, then it may simply be a time to update your PC. If money is a problem, you can try updating a specific part of your computer, rather than buying a brand new machine. Upgrading the RAM (random access memory) will usually have the biggest and most drastic effect.

If you perform all the tasks mentioned and your computer is still slow, then hardware may be at fault. First try cleaning any dust or muck out of your tower and make sure your PC is not overheating, otherwise it may be time to seek professional help so the exact problem can be diagnosed. Hopefully by completing the actions above, you will solve any speed issues and can use your computer to maximum efficiency.

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