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Self Help


At ZeroDataStress, we our goal is to help with any technical issues you might experience. One of the most common issues we hear from customers is, “My computer is so slow! What can I do to speed it up?” If your computer is running slow, there are several things you can do. Don’t worry — you can accomplish these easily on your own!


Disable programs from running at startup


Having a lot of unnecessary programs running in the background is one of the most common reasons a computer may be running slow. For example, you may have multiple instant messenger programs or photo gallery software running all the time. If you aren’t using these regularly, you can and should disable them from running at startup (also called “starting with Windows”).



On most Windows-based computers you can find the option to disable starting with Windows in the Options or Settings section of the program in question.

Open the program you are trying to disable from running at startup, and open the options or setting section of the program.

Uncheck the option to “Start with Windows” or “Run on Startup.”

Click “Apply” to save your preferences, then click “OK” to close the window.


Hopefully you’re computer is running quicker now!


Use msconfig


If you can’t find the option to disable a program from starting with Windows within the program itself, you can run msconfig to disable it (available only on Windows XP/Vista/7).



Click on the Start/Windows logo button.

Windows XP users: Click “Run” and then type “msconfig” (without quotes). Press enter.

Windows Vista/7 users: Click in the “Search Programs and Files” box and type “msconfig” (without quotes). Press enter.

The System Configuration window will come up.

Click the Startup tab. You only want to change things on the Startup tab if you know what you are changing.

Look closely at the list and uncheck those items you do not want to run at Windows startup.


Note: Be mindful when reviewing the list of programs: certain things such as audio device and videocard-related items should probably stay as is. You can always reboot and check to see if things work correctly. If not, go back through the above process and reenable the program.



Uninstall programs that you never use


If you don’t need or never use certain programs, you can simply uninstall these.



Start by going to the Control Panel. The Control Panel can usually be found by clicking on the Start/Windows logo button.

Once you get into the Control Panel, look for “Add/Remove Programs” if you are using Windows 2000/XP. If you are using Windows Vista/7, look for “Programs and Features” or “Uninstall a program” if in category view.

Select the program you want to uninstall from the list and click Uninstall. Done!



As always, if you don’t feel comfortable handling any of the above tasks, contact us to schedule a date/time for one of our techs to perform the tasks for you. We are always happy to help you have a better computing experience!



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