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PCSTATS TechTip - MS Config Cleanup  - PCSTATS TechTip - MS Config Cleanup
Wed, February 05 2014 | 11:56PM | PermaLink Feedback?

While freshly installed computers are generally free from bloatware and boot-clogging software, pre-installed notebooks are notoriously clogged with all manner of junk that loads at startup. To find out what's in your PC, go Start > type "msconfig" in the search box by the Start button and hit enter > under the 'Startup' tab you'll find a complete list of the 'Startup Items', who 'Manufactured' the program and what the 'Command' instruction is.

It takes a little bit of investigative work to determine what's what, I find expanding the Command line gives the best insight into what programs are launching. For example, you may see several entries for Adobe PDF, PowerDVD or even web cameras which really don't need to be loaed unless you open these applications. Uncheck what you don't need to load at start up and reboot the PC. To clean out the MSCONFIG list you need to use Msconfig Cleaner which can permenantly remove any unchecked item.

Depending on how much is cleaned out, you could see a healthy improvement to start up times!

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