How do I speed up my computer, using msconfig?


My computer seems like its not as fast as it use to be. I have a Pentium III 450 mhz. with 128mb of RAM. I had a friend tell me that, if I get rid of a few icons next to the clock that my computer will speed up. Is this true?


This question was answered on December 3, 2001. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

I think I have just the answer for you, because this was happening to me As you have noticed, that in the small window with the clock are icons These icons are the programs that are running in the background Sometimes when you install new software like a virus protection software you see the icon appear there during startup

This tells yopu that the Virus protection is running in the background protecting your system But other software are sometimes running there Like most Instant messanging services Instant messanging services run in the background taking up Processing time and RAM Some of the software running in the background are not necessary and can be disabled until you want them to run

The way to disable the software is to go to your START>scroll to RUN and Click>In the BOX enter msconfig>A window will pop up called the System Configuration Utility Containing these tabs General/Config.sys/Autoexe.bat/System.ini/Win.ini/Startup

Click on the Startup Tab there you will see checked boxes uncheck all the boxes that you see that are unnessary, this will disable the software if you are unsure of un checking a box the safest thing is to not check anything at all when you are finished click the OK button When you do this the a box will appear asking you to restart the computer Click on ok, and let your computer finish booting up Now you should noticed a small amount of speed and that the icons are gone from the clock box.

Thank you I hope this helped you.

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Posted by Eugene of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on December 3, 2001