Slow PC? Easy way to streamline your computer’s startup
When it comes to technology, speed is everything. We want our devices to boot in seconds and our apps to work seamlessly. The catch is that no matter how fast our devices come out of the box, we are the main culprits when it comes to slowing things down.
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Having some programs that start automatically can also slow down a PC. Windows comes with many preloaded programs, not all of which you will use. And some of them are set to open when you start your computer. You can stop this and take back the performance of your PC.
Windows 11 has many of the same features as its predecessors, and not all of them are good. When you download a new app, chances are it will open by default when you start up your computer. Even apps that came with your PC have this (sometimes) annoying feature.
Some common startup apps on your PC include iTunes Helper, QuickTime, Adobe Reader, Zoom, Google Chrome, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams, Spotify Web Helper, Xbox App Services, CyberLink YouCam, Steam, and more.
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You may think you need these apps to boot every time you boot your PC, but that’s not the case. Even if you use them every day, you can open them when you’re ready. And no, you don’t have to automatically launch them to get their updates.
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These startup apps consume resources that your PC would otherwise use to start up and run faster. You can safely disable them through your Windows 10 and 11 settings.
Open Settings from the Start menu or search for “settings” in the taskbar. Select Apps and then Startup. Click the slider next to each app to enable or disable it. Check the impact level to see how much or how little an app affects your startup process.
There are some apps that you can leave enabled at startup, including antivirus/antimalware/firewall programs, audio, wireless and touchpad services, applications for your hardware (AMD, Intel), and cloud services (Google Drive, Dropbox), among others .
While you don’t need to enable these apps, at least they load faster when you need them.
Autoruns is a free Windows utility that shows you all the programs that start automatically on your PC at startup or login. Unlike the list in your Windows Settings, this is an exhaustive list of programs and drivers, including those in your Startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other registry keys.
You can configure Autoruns to display Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, and auto-start services, among other things.
You can download Autoruns from docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autoruns† Just run it and view the properties of all your executables. You can also enable, disable and remove autostart configuration items from within the program.
Process Explorer is a free Windows utility that gives you much more detail than the Process tabs in the Task Manager. It shows you detailed information about a process, including its icon, command line, full image path, memory statistics, user account, security attributes, and more.
The top pane shows a list of the currently running processes, including the names of their owner accounts. The display of the bottom window depends on which mode Process Explorer is in: handle or DLL.
Download Process Explorer at docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/process-explorer and run it to troubleshoot or find out which processes are taxing your CPU.
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