If your system is slow, you may have too many applications loading at startup when Windows boots. Some of these programs are not needed and disabling them can save resources and improve performance.
Use a startup manager to check for any unnecessary applications that are loading when Windows boots. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup. This will allow you to experiment and see how your system performs with any of them disabled. Note: some startup programs are necessary so be careful what you disable.
If you are unsure what any of the startup entries are or if they are safe to disable, then search on Google or from the Startup Programs Database
Startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel
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Also take a look at Windows 2000 Professional and Server Services Configuration 411
Edited by quietman7, 23 May 2007 - 12:47 PM.