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#1 bmhede

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 05:26 PM

My comp. starts very slow..what can I eliminate on startup and not cause any problems?
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 05:48 PM

You may consult Bleeping Computer Startup Programs Database and decide for yourself.

The items with [N] not needed to run at startup . The items with [U] are not needed unless the user use them frequently:


The best way is to try first to configure those programs not to start up with Windows. You can install an application handling startup entries to disable the entries you can't disable from program options.

Good applications handling startup entries:

1. Startup Inspector for Windows for both novice and expert user: http://www.windowsstartup.com/startupinspector.php : It helps manage Windows® startup applications.

2. Startup Control Panel with easier interface than Autoruns: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 06:51 PM

Good applications handling startup entries:


I use Spybot to handle the startup entries, that program makes it really easy. There is a tools section that has the startup entries in it and you can just uncheck the ones that you do not want to start when the computer does. As long as you do not delete the entry, if you later you decide you want the program to start with the computer, you can just go back and check it.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 07:02 PM

Good applications handling startup entries:


I use Spybot to handle the startup entries, that program makes it really easy. There is a tools section that has the startup entries in it and you can just uncheck the ones that you do not want to start when the computer does. As long as you do not delete the entry, if you later you decide you want the program to start with the computer, you can just go back and check it.


Spybot and autoruns are for advanced users. They list also Windows startup items. If you uncheck some items you may get an unbootable computer. As long as you know what you are disabling it is OK.

For less advanced users those startup applications are safer to use.

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Posted 24 February 2009 - 07:08 PM

How many DVDs have you tried?

What is the last system change (updating, installing, etc.) you made?

Is there a chance the device is dirty?

Do you see your DVD-ROM in the device manager?

If you go to run > My Computer do you see your DVD-ROM drive?




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