How can I boot quicker and use less memory?

Does your system take ten minutes to boot up properly? Do you have an abundance of programs running in your system tray that you don’t remember starting? A lot of software on the Internet nowadays comes bundled with memory-hogging programs that automatically start up with your machine. You can keep these programs from starting up just by using a simple configuration utility.

Note: Some startup programs are actually required for software on your system to work properly. If, after running this utility, you noticed reduced functionality on your system, re-run the system utility and enable the correct program.

To manage your startup programs:

  1. Press Windows key + R to open a Run dialog.
  2. Type MSCONFIG into the box and press Enter. (Windows will launch the System Configuration utility.)
  3. Select the Startup tab near the top of the window. The utility will display a list of programs that run on startup.
  4. Uncheck boxes next to any program you do not wish to run at startup.
  5. Select OK and Restart your system for changes to take effect.