How do I Boost my PC Startup Speed?

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The 536,870,912 byte (512×2 20 ) capacity of these RAM modules is stated as “512 MB” on the label. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The most effective way is to add speed to your PC or buy a newer, faster machine. However, not everyone wants to jump on this option, therefore we suggest the following alternatives:

  • 1) Increase your RAM (a form of computer memory)

For Windows we have found your need a minimum of 1GB of RAM.  We also suggest your PC have a minimum of 2GB of RAM when running newer applications – such as video editing software and other programs that use a lot of memory.

There is no need to update the memory beyond a certain size, because each operating system when booting occupies a certain size in the memory; when this memory requirement is met, the memory increase does not make any difference in computer speed.

A newer and faster computer will make a difference in speed.  However, just make a small trip to the computer store and buy the right RAM memory for your computer. It will greatly speed up things… (smile)

More memory: the quickest, easiest, cheapest upgrade for your computer. 100% compatibility guaranteed!

  • 2) Disable Startup Items

In most cases some startup items are useful, but many other startup items are just eating up system resources and can be removed and started manually when needed.

For example, just ask yourself this “deep” question: “Do I really need MSN, AOL and Yahoo chat software to start each time I reboot the computer?” (smile)

To check what software loads on Windows startup, type “msconfig” in the Start->Run dialog box in any version of Windows.

  • In the General tab, the Startup selection will be set to normal by default.
  • Click on the Startup tab and a display-list of checked startup items and their paths will show.
  • Uncheck the programs you do not want to load on startup – and apply the changes.
  • The computer will ask you to restart before the changes are effective.

Caution: Only disable items you are sure are safe to disable!  If you do not know what the programs are doing, do not disable them as your computer could start acting “weird”. — However, feel free to experiment; you can always come back and restore the changes later. DO NOT try editing the items in the remaining System Configuration Utility tabs.

For other tips and tricks to “tune-up” your computer, see our other blog posts, or subscribe to our newsletter below.

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