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by MURIELF / May 21, 2009 3:12 PM PDT

Which items are absolutely necessary at start-up. Will removing items make computer faster. I have Windows XP. DSL modem. Also AOL seems slow to start. Is that AOL or my computer. Thanks for any help.

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Difficult to say
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 21, 2009 8:25 PM PDT

All computers are different, and all users have different needs, so giving a definitive answer is impossible.

Are you talking about start-up software in your Start > All Programs > Startup folder, or in XP's MSCONFIG > Startup tab, or are you interested in Services and Processes?

What you need in the MSCONFIG Startup tab are, firewall, one anti-virus, and one anti-spyware utility. What else you need is simply down to what you want to load up when Windows starts.

Will removing items make your computer faster? No. That depends on your computer specs, (you didn't say), such as processor speed and how much RAM you have. But removing unwanted items from startup will improve how quickly Windows boots up to its 'ready for action' state, eg, everything loaded, it is now ready for whatever you want to do.

As to AOL, what is it? If it is AOL's web site portal that opens in a browser, then do you really need this to load at startup? If not, just wait for Windows to load fully, then open your AOL browser and connect to their web site.


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by MURIELF / May 23, 2009 8:34 AM PDT
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If I remove item from startup, from your reply, I just go to that site when I want to. What does having in start-up mean then. Does it start faster. There are so many things I rarely use - I mostly use AOL. But when I start up computer in the AM, it takes a while.
I am not that computer savvy so thanks for your help.

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Yep you've got it.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 23, 2009 9:22 PM PDT
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By removing things like AOL from the Startup items, that does not mean you can never connect to AOL. You just do it manually once Windows has fully loaded.

In my view there is a misconception that adding software to startup allows it to load quicker. But many people think that. Windows still has to load fully to function well, but if its loading process is interrupted by other software attempting to load itself into memory, this process slows down, so making the startup longer.

The trouble is, much of today's software developers wants you to use their installed software exclusively of all other similar products, so they attempt to set the installation process to include, "load at startup". I look out for those options when I install software, and de-select them because then I make the choice of what software I want to use, and what software I want to load into memory at any given time.

So, by removing AOL from your startup items, your startup process should be quicker, and then you choose when you want to connect to AOL.

I hope that helps.


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if you are unsure
by quan7um / May 29, 2009 4:04 AM PDT

If you still haven't found which ones in the startup menu you want to run or not, then this program is very good and free. It will give you a description and a recommended setting. All you have to do is check the boxes or uncheck them... pretty easy to use. Note: If you are using Vista, then right click on the program icon and select run as administrator otherwise it won't work. Happy hunting.

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Startup Programs
by MURIELF / May 29, 2009 5:38 AM PDT
In reply to: if you are unsure

Thanks for answer but what is program to run. I am running Windows XP.

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by quan7um / June 1, 2009 6:46 AM PDT
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by MURIELF / June 1, 2009 6:53 AM PDT
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Thank you.

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