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My computer always starts up so can i fix it?

by ksoiehawo / July 19, 2004 4:20 AM PDT

My computer always starts up so slowly, as I have a lot of programs that startup automatically in the system tray, is there anyway I can disable certain programs from automatically starting up in the system tray when the computer is turned on? I am running Windows ME on a 866Mhz system with 128MB ram.

p.s.- does anyone know any good programs that will free up RAM?

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Re: My computer always starts up so can i fix i
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 19, 2004 4:42 AM PDT
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by glb613 / July 19, 2004 7:18 AM PDT

After you check for spyware and remove what is on your computer, go to start>run and type in msconfig. Click on the startup tab and uncheck the programs you don't want running in the background. If you aren't sure which ones you can safely remove from the list, do a Google search for startup information. There are several sites online with current lists and a descriptions of the entries. Here is a site I have used but I don't know how up-to-date it is.

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by Archangel64 / July 28, 2004 5:11 PM PDT

I used to have WIN ME on my system, but since I have upgraded to XP Pro I have not had any problems. I've been told by a programmer that WIN ME is the most unstable OS on the market. Many are switching to XP. The best way to get more RAM is to add it physically, but if you want to try a program in the mean time, go to and look up Rambooster, it seams to work fairly well. I've been using it myself with no problems. You can set it to find more RAM when it reaches a minimum.
Here are a couple sites to go to where you can get info on what to disable at start up., and
Be careful with msconfig, it is too easy to disable something you may need. A better choice is Start>Run>Type in "services.msc" without the quotation marks, and then enter. Black Viper explains this very well. Good luck.

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