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Computer Running Slow?


How to stop

background programs from auto starting...

One of the things one must understand when using a computer

is that over time, overuse,

over the simple day to day internet activities computers (without maintenance) slow down. 

What causes my computer to slow down?  

Below are steps for Microsoft Windows users that can help speed up the computer or at least determine why the computer is running slow.

If your computer has not been rebooted recently, make sure to shut off the machine and restart it before attempting the suggested steps:


​​Background programs

One of the most common reasons for a slow computer are programs running in the background. Remove or disable any startup programs that automatically start each time the computer boots.


Tip: To see what programs are running in the background and how much memory and CPU they are using, open Task Manager.




















Opening Task Manager
If you want to use Task Manager to view and stop processes with high-resource usage, you first need to know how to open the tool.


Here are a few ways to open Task Manager:


  • Right-click the Task-bar and click on Task Manager.

  • Open Start, do a search for Task Manager and click the result.

  • Use the Ctrl + Shift + Esc keyboard shortcut.

  • Use the Ctrl + Alt + Del keyboard shortcut and click on Task Manager.

  • Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the power-user menu and click on Task Manager.

Once the Task manager is opened user will go to the process tab found on the top right side with the words "Startup"  and click this tab. (See red arrow)

This is the area where the user will disable 'most' of the 'auto starting' programs that cause a slow startup and rob the system's memory of precious Random Access Memory.  

The shown image is an example of Auto starting programs that could be ALL disabled with the only exception of the Windows Defender program. This is an example and likely will not be similar to other Startup user settings. 

It is highly recommended when changing these settings the user leave all Security scan tools (Windows defender) enabled. 

This is the area (see image arrow example) where the user may see unknown programs running that were included in the system when purchased. This gives the user the ability to find and uninstall bloatware programs.  

Windows 8, 8.1, and 10 make it really simple to disable startup applications. All you have to do is open up Task Manager by right-clicking on the Taskbar, or using the CTRL + SHIFT + ESC shortcut key, clicking “More Details,” switching to the Startuptab, and then using the Disable button.

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