November 30, 2008 12:34am CST
hello people...just thought about briefing you about the special Windows tool called "MSCONFIG" (Microsoft System Configuration Utility). While some of you mite be knowing about this but just informing to those who might no at all about this tool. Well MSCONFIG is designed to help u troubleshoot problems in your computer, and it can also be used to boot up your pc much faster and avoid crashes. Most people know that if you have a lot of programs running at once, it may cause your system to slow down or crash. What most don't know is that every time you boot up your computer a whole mess of "hidden" programs load in the background. Some are essential but most aren't. Turning off some of these hidden programs can significantly increase your computer's performance and reliability. How to use MSCONFIG in XP: 1. Click Start-Run 2. Type MSCONFIG in the "Open:" box and then click OK 3. This launches Microsoft System Configuration Utility. Click on the Startup tab. 4. This page has a list of "startup items" which are loaded everytime you boot up. You must be surprised by the length of the items..lol..Some startup programs are absolutely necessary, others are simply a waste of RAM. In XP, all of Windows essential programs are loaded through something called "Windows Services." A good rule of thumb would be to disable only those programs which you do not need during startup. If you are in doubt, just leave it on. Or you can check this site for the "Startup Applications" list at http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php . Here's a good example. On my computer I have a mess of MP3s and I listen to those MP3s with a program called WinAmp. For some reason or other, WinAmp decided that it should always be running on my computer even when I am not using it. That's silly. To prevent WinAmp from automatically starting every time I boot my computer, I ran MSCONFIG and unchecked "WinampAgent." That's it. Remember, disable only those programs that you recognize and don't need to have running all the time. When in doubt, leave it on. 5. Click on the OK button. 6. A message box will pop up prompting you to restart your computer before these changes will take effect. Click on "Yes" and your computer will automatically reboot. 7. That's it! Your computer should now boot faster and crash less. And if you ever want to turn on any of the startup items you disabled with MSCONFIG, just run MSCONFIG again. Thanks all for reading this post. Hope it was helpful!!!