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HOW TO IMPROVE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE

1.13. Controlling  what loads when you boot when you have limited RAM is important and Autoruns (freeware from Microsoft) is one of the most helpful tools available to manage start-up entries:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902

With Autoruns you can uncheck an item, which disables it from starting, or you can right click an item and then delete it. If you uncheck you can recheck to re-enable the item. It is a much safer approach than editing the Registry and better than using msconfig.

A useful feature of the programme is that you can right click an item and select Search Online to get information about the item selected.

A useful guide:
http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/analyze_all_autorun
_auto-start_programs_in_windows.cfm


To create a file containing your start-up entries s
elect File, Save, change the “Save as type” to Text using the Scroll to the right and click Save.

1.14. When investigating poor performance it is sensible to review the availability of free RAM.
In Windows 7 use Ctrl+Shift+Esc to access Task Manager, Click on the Performance tab, Resource Monitor, and Memory tab. Write down the figures for Hardware Reserved, In Use, Modified, Standby and Free. These should equal the installed RAM. Check at different times.

If you frequently only have a minimal amount of free RAM disclosed by Task Manager adding RAM is likely to be beneficial. Remember that on a 32 bit operating system you cannot use more than 4 gb of RAM and on any windows operating system you cannot install more than the maximum permitted by the motherboard.



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