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Slow laptop my wifes laptop is very slow. I know that I can go to run run.msconfig'start up. But I do not know what I can delete. If I delete progam files wit it hurt the computer? Is there away to know what I can and can not delete? Thanks


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Hi,
i would tell general steps to make windows faster.

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  1. Click on Start, then Run, and type "msconfig". Wait for a new window to pop up.
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  3. Look under the "BOOT.INI" tab. You will see a box labeled\015\012"Timeout:", and a numerical value. By default, it's 30, which means 30\015\012seconds of wait time before boot. This can be changed, using 3 seconds.\015\012(Note: if you have more than one operating system, this means the wait\015\012time to startup to the highlighted OS. you might want a bit more than 3\015\012seconds)
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  5. Delete the temporary files periodically from your computer to make the applications run faster.\015\012Type %Temp% in the run dialog box by clicking on Start -> Run, and\015\012click on "OK". You will see an open folder with many files. Click on\015\012the Edit menu and click on Select all and then click on the File menu\015\012and select Delete. Note: Always confirm that the folder which is opened\015\012has a temp on the top of menu bar and the folder indicates that it is a\015\012temporary folder.
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  7. Perform a scandisk to see that your computer hard drive is in healthy condition and it helps your computer run faster.
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  9. Always perform a disk defragmentation at least once in a month.\015\012start the disk defragmentation from the system tools available in the\015\012accessories from the start menu. it takes a longer time and it is\015\012advised not to run any applications in the computer including the\015\012screen savers, while running disk defragmentation.
\015\012Hibernation\015\012After you have done all this, another method you can do is to allow the computer to hibernate. Hibernation closes and opens Windows faster than normally.
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  1. Go to Start->Control Panel->Power Options. Click on the Hibernate tab.
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  3. Click on the box that says "Enable hibernation" to check it.
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  5. Click on the Advanced tab and change the Power buttons options if\015\012you want to hibernate by pressing the sleep button or the power button.\015\012Otherwise, holding the Shift key while in the Turn Off Computer menu\015\012will give you the option to hibernate.
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  7. Restart your computer every week or so to clear your computer.
\015\012The power can then be completely turned off, even at the socket so that no power is wasted.


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  1. Simply browse to the windows folder (Ex: C:\\Windows) and under\015\012there you should see the prefetch folder. Go into the prefetch folder\015\012and delete all the files (Careful! It should look like this\015\012c:\\windows\\prefetch). We need to edit a registry key to tweak it. Open\015\012regedit and browse to this key:
\015\012HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SYSTEM\\CurrentControlSet\\Control\\Session Manager\\Memory Management\\PrefetchParameters
\015\012Under this key you should see a value named: EnablePrefetcher
\015\012It has 4 possible values:
\015\0120 - Disabled : The prefetch system is turned off.
\015\0121 - Application : The prefetch only caches applications.
\015\0122 - Boot : The prefetch only caches boot system files.
\015\0123 - All : The prefetch caches boot, and application files.
\015\012We don't want to disable it entirely. This would actually make boot\015\012times *longer*. This is because this feature is also used to speed up\015\012the loading of boot files. That is why we are going to pick the number\015\0122 option. It allows us to keep the advantage of caching system files,\015\012without continually clogging the system up with applications.
\015\012Set the value to 2 and reboot.
\015\012The 2nd time you boot it should boot much faster. Remember that the\015\012side effect is that launching individual applications once windows has\015\012loaded will now be slightly slower.

TIPS
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  • When installing new software choose not to add the program to the startup folder.
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  • Regularly check to see what programs are running from your startup\015\012folder as malicious programs such as spyware may have installed itself\015\012without your knowledge.
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  • If you accidentally uncheck a program, just retrace the steps above and recheck the program and restart your computer.
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  • Adding more RAM to a Windows XP computer helps it boot faster, and\015\012since RAM prices are very low these days, it's an easy way to boot\015\012faster.
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  • Visit http://www.Sysinfo.org and look up the program and its details you don't know what one of the listed programs do.
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  • uncheck system startup unneccessary startup programs*
here is another website link to handle msconfig utility

http://www.harry-inc.com/three-easy-steps-to-make-windows-faster
The only factor here is not the msconfig all the rest of the things also matter. You have not mentioned that which Operating system are you using. You must also check with the system specifications is the memory is less even then the system will work slow, As fas as MSconfig is concerned you just come to the services tab and select the option hide all microsoft services and then uncheck the one which which you do not need. and regarding the tasks do not remove anything related to your security software and wireless or internet services. It will not damage your machine
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