If you have a Windows-based computer, you may notice that as time progresses, it will take longer to start. Several factors can cause your computer to start slow. Today we are going to focus on programs that startup whenever you turn your computer on.
Whenever you install a program, it will add itself to the startup tasks. Common offenders are Adobe Acrobat, iTunes, Spotify, iCloud, and OneDrive. When these programs start themselves up, they will fight over processing power and RAM. In addition to taking these resources from each other, they will also take it from the operating system. The result is longer boot times. The good thing is that Windows has a few ways you can limit these programs from starting.
Click on the Windows icon in the bottom left of your desktop. Click on the settings wheel and find the ‘Apps’ category. Once in this menu, this selects the ‘Startup’ option. From here, you can toggle what apps you want to open when you boot up.
Beneath the toggle, you will also see the impact of the program. There are four categories: No Impact, Low Impact, Medium Impact, and High Impact. This label indicates the strain the program puts on your CPU and storage drive at startup.
Another option to manage your startup programs in Task Manager. To get to Task Manager, right-click on any area of your taskbar. Look for the Startup Tab (4th option). From here it will give you a list of programs and their impact on your computer. There are five categories: None, Not measured, Low, Medium, and High. To disable/enable a program, right clip the app, and select the action. If you are unsure about an app, right-click, and select properties. A quick search online can give more information about the program.
If you have any questions about a particular program or want more information about making your computer faster, give one of our Computer Warriors locations a call. If you found this article interesting or helpful, check out our other posts!