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How To Speed Up Windows: Part 3

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management, Windows 8
 
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 In part two of How To Speed Up Windows, we checked your services to make sure you weren’t wasting precious resources. In part three, we’ll look at additional steps to get your system to top speed. 

STEP #1 – Clear the startup folder(s).

When you start Windows and log in there are many processes that are supposed to start automatically.

Some people want additional programs to start when they log in so they put shortcuts and programs in their start up folder.

If you didn’t know any shortcut or executable program that exists in this folder will start when you log on.

This can be a neat customization but sometimes there are programs in this folder that you don’t need. 

Hackers like to put little programs and scripts in this folder because they know it will run with YOUR user credentials when you log on.

My advise, clear it and keep it cleared. 

OPEN YOUR STARTUP FOLDER:

Click START > ALL PROGRAMS > STARTUP

Make sure there are no shortcuts or programs inside this folder.  

There could be an desktop.ini file in the folder and you can leave it if you want or delete it if you’re mean or thorough it won’t impact your system negatively.

The full path to the starup folder is:

C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

Make sure you also check this folder for any other user accounts that exist on your system. 

  STEP #2 – Check out the Registry.

I know some people are scared of looking into the registry.

It’s understandable being that this is probably the easiest way to screw up your system if you don’t know what your doing.

My view is life’s too short for fear. 

Here’s what you need to do to make sure your registry is clear:

CLICK START > RUN > REGEDIT

Once the Registry editor opens click F3 to search the registry and enter the text “RunOnce”:

This is just a shortcut to find the keys that you need to check. You could also just browse to them:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

When you select each key above you will see the programs that are being run whenever you start your system. 

These programs are started by the registry in STEALTH so they run no matter who is logged on, that’s why it’s so important to check out what’s listed here.

Now search Google for the name of the executable that’s being run to determine if it is required or not. 

If you find a suspicious or unneeded file DELETE THE KEY. 

Just right click it and select DELETE:

Also check the following USER registry keys for executable programs

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-19\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

These are USER registry entries so they would be different for each user account on your system.

 That’s it.

With these additional advanced tips you should have a strong sense of what’s going on inside your PC and the ability to return your Windows performance back to “how it was when it was new” whenever you want.

 ~Darnell Jackson

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2 Responses to “How To Speed Up Windows: Part 3”

  1. Frances Gentry says:

    I have printed the How to speed up windows part 3 and would like to have Part 1 & 2. Is this possible. I am a subscriber.

  2. Sylvia Steinbrock says:

    I followed your instructions for the registry, but what showed up was not what you printed. I have Windows 7 and don’t know what you are giving instructions for, but they don’t apply to me. Pls mention whether it’s XP, 7 or 8, or whatever. Thanks.

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