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How to Remove Startup Programs in VISTA


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#1 oakbob817

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 05:20 AM

My computer is runnnig slow and takes forever to start (boot).
I think it because I have a lot of unecessary (?) programs that run at startup.
How do I:
1) determine what I really need to run at startup
2) remove those programs that I don't really need

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 10:44 AM

Please, post some computer info:
- processor type, amount of RAM (hold Windows logo key, hit Pause/Break key)
- hard drive size/free space (open "My Computer", right click on hard drive letter, click "Properties")


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Simply unzip Autoruns.zip file, and double click on autoruns.exe file to run the program.
Go File>Save, and save it as AutoRuns.txt file to know location.
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 06:31 AM

Computer Brand:Sony VAIO
Processor: Intel pentium Dual CPU T2330 1.60 GHz
Amount of RAM: 1.0 GB
Hard drive: 150 GB (91 GB free space)

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 10:21 AM

I still would like to see Autoruns log.

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:39 AM

Hope I did this correctly..
Here's the .txt file

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Posted 12 May 2010 - 09:06 PM

You have only 1GB of RAM.
Vista will run much better with at least 2GB of RAM.

I see only couple of unnecessary startups, so not enough RAM would be your main issue.

You may also...

Download Temp File Cleaner (TFC)
Double click on TFC.exe to run the program.
Click on Start button to begin cleaning process.
TFC will close all running programs, and it may ask you to restart computer.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 05:47 AM

Thanks for your post, Broni

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 08:27 AM

Another thing you can do is use "hibernate" instead of shutting down.
Should be a much faster bootup.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:51 AM

Another thing you can do is use "hibernate" instead of shutting down.
Should be a much faster bootup.


I would not recommend this option on a system with low resources. You can run into other issues such as a system not coming out of hibernation.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:12 AM

Has plenty of HDD space---Hard drive: 150 GB (91 GB free space)

What else would cause a problem?

EDIT: cryptodan----somebody's clock is off---this is what I see when opening your above post: QUOTE(buddy215 @ May 13 2010, 01:27 PM)

Edited by buddy215, 13 May 2010 - 11:17 AM.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 11:23 AM

Symantec could be the issue. There are probably way to many start up items in use by a system with 1Gig of RAM. You can easily run out of RAM, and then at that point you are at the mercy of the paging file aka virtual memory.

I would highly upgrade to 2 or 4 gigs of RAM and clean out your start ups.

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Posted 13 May 2010 - 06:51 PM

I would not recommend this option on a system with low resources.

I agree and I'm totally against using any type of power saving features on desktops.

There are probably way to many start up items in use

Only a couple are unneeded. Not enough to seriously slow the system down.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 08:29 AM

Windows Vista and Windows 7 come with Windows Boot Performance Diagnostics which can be activated from group policy settings. You can set Windows to automatically troubleshoot and resolve boot problems using this native tool. In the link below is a "howto" use it.
http://www.guidingtech.com/2955/fix-slow-w...ce-diagnostics/

I've used "hibernate" in XP and 7 and have never experienced any problem. Even used it on a failing HDD for months.

Having only one gig of memory on a Vista machine is inadequate to say the least.

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