Sep 012011
 

This time we will talk about how to make your lappie a lean and mean machine by shortening the time it takes your lappies to be up and running .The boot time of a laptop could be tediously long if the laptop starts a lot of unwanted programs.

Windows defender

To do away with the unwanted programs that start automatically, i suggest that you remove the programs  listed in the startup programs category of the software explorer window of windows defender

ü  Start Windows Defender

ü  Click TOOLS

ü  Go to Software Explorer

ü  Goto Category and click Startup programs to get the list

ü  Select the program that you wish to prevent from running and click Disable

ü  Click Yes to confirm .You need to do this for every program

Msconfig

Startup Programs

  • You can also use the Msconfig to tinker with the list of programs that are slated to run automatically when the computer starts.
  • Type Msconfig in the Run Tab in start menu on your computer. Click enter.
  • Go to Startup Tab and select the unwanted problems in the checkbox. This means you don’t want the respective program to run the next time the computer boots
  • Alternatively, if you wish to identify problems that might prevent Windows from starting correctly , you can choose to load the basic services and start a service . If the service doesn’t give you problems when its off but gives problems when it’s on , you know that this is one of the services that prevents your computer from starting properly.
  • Type Msconfig in the Run Tab in start menu on your computer. Click enter.
  • You will get the system configuration tool .In the general tab you will see the following options

Problem Shooting

Tab Description
General Lists choices for startup configuration modes: 

  • Normal startup. Starts Windows in the usual manner. Use this mode to start Windows after you are done using the other two modes to troubleshoot the problem.
  • Diagnostic startup. Starts Windows with basic services and drivers only. This mode can help rule out basic Windows files as the problem.
  • Selective startup. Starts Windows with basic services and drivers and the other services and startup programs that you select

Choose Diagnostic Startup if you just wish load the basic services

Search a folder

  • To Locate a Sub Folder or file quickly , go to the folder or drive in which you expect the relevant folder to be located .
  • Use the Search box at the top of the open window to search the contents for the selected folder. Type part or all of the name of the file or folder, or type a word or phrase that is in the file. The results list will be updated as you type.
  • You may be asked to update an index so that the searches will be quicker the next time you want to search. Click on the Update Index pane
  • Use the navigation pane (the left pane) to find files and folders and show links to frequently used folders and other items. You can also move / copy items to a destination in the navigation pane.
  • To view the navigation pane on the left side of an open folder window, click Organize, point to Layout, and then click Navigation pane.
  • To View a particular folder in the navigation pane on the left under the Favorite links, drag a folder to the Favourites in the upper half of the navigation until it shows Create Link in Links and drop the Folder to create the Link. Now you can go this folder any time you wish to from any folder that you are in . Quick and Efficient isn’t it.

Customize the Navigation pane

 

  • Use the navigation pane (the left pane) to find files and folders and show links to frequently used folders and other items. You can also move / copy items to a destination in the navigation pane.
  • To view the navigation pane on the left side of an open folder window, click Organize, point to Layout, and then click Navigation pane.
  • To View a particular folder in the navigation pane on the left under the Favorite links, drag a folder to the Favourites in the upper half of the navigation until it shows Create Link in Links and drop the Folder to create the Link. Now you can go this folder any time you wish to from any folder that you are in . Quick and Efficient isn’t it.

 

Prevent Heat Build Up

Never use the computer while keeping it on a cushion or soft surface. This will prevent air circulation and cause the heat to build up . There have been instances where the Laptop burst in flames because of Overheat. Also Overheating prevents the Laptop from performing well . Always place the laptop a solid and hard surface so that heat can dissipate and air can circulate .

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