Go for the free improvements !
Stop everything from starting with Windows that doesn't need to be running all the time.
The stuff will still work when you need it.
There is a small utility called StartupCPL .
When installed it puts an icon in the Control Panel named Startup
When opened you can stop programs/apps from starting automatically by removing the checkmarks from the little boxes.
You can also gain performance by making a few other adjustments.
Go to the Control Panel
Double click the System icon
Click on the Advanced tab
Where it says Performance click on Settings
Put a dot in the circle by Adjust for best performance.
That made the borders & toolbar turn gray
Right click anywhere on the desktop there isn't a icon
On the menu click Properties
When the box opens click the Appearance tab
Where it says Windows and buttons use the drop down menu to set it to XP style
Go back to the Control Panel
Double click Administrative Tools
Double click Services
Disable some junk that isn't neccessary
Double click Error reporting service
Where it says Startup type set it to Disabled
Do the same for,
Task Scheduler [unless you use it
Do "Help & Support but set it to Manual instead of disabled.
If you have Office installed you probably have "ctfmon.exe" running
It is listed in StartupCPL but if you stop it it will start againg.
It is used for "Alternative user input" in Office.
Unless you use something like speech recognition software for office you can get rid of ctfmon.exe.
It is a real resources hog !
Copy & paste to Start?Run ,
Regsvr32.exe /u msctf.dll
Next Copy & paste to Start>Run
Regsvr32.exe /u msimtf.dll
Restart the unit & it should be a tad peppier !
The lighter the load on the CPU/memory the faster the unit is.
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