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When I look in START UP, It shows programs EMPTY, yet when I bring up the internet, it seems slow doing so. From page to page appear to be ok.

What areas would I look to to speed this up? Also, on MS config, how does one know what should and should not be running? I would not want to just randomly un check programs?

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When I look in START UP, It shows programs EMPTY, yet when I bring up the internet, it seems slow doing so. From page to page appear to be ok.

What areas would I look to to speed this up? Also, on MS config, how does one know what should and should not be running? I would not want to just randomly un check programs?

I would suggest doing extensive research on the processes or applications which are running on start-up...you will then be able to determine weather they are necessary. No, i would not recommend randomly un checking things as this may effect your system negatively.
here are some simple guides if you are unsure...
http://www.online-tech-tips.com/cool-websites/msconfig-windows-xp-vista/
http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_xp.html

Also if you are looking to speed up your system there are indeed a number of handy utilities out there....
http://www.microsoft.com/atwork/maintenance/speed.aspx
http://www.pcworld.com/article/150813/50_tools_to_speed_up_your_pc.html

Edited by The ICE Man: n/a

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I am a bit hesitant using a reg edit or cleaner, I have heard bad things about using these?

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Reg cleaners. Your registry is large.... mine is about 32MB, a cleaner may remove 1KB. And if you run a different cleaner, it will perhaps find different things to remove. And none of them will remove all orphaned entries. Much of the data cleaners remove is cycled out over time in a FIFO way.
You do risk them removing something vital.... My advice? Skip it. Perhaps instead do this:
==download hijackthis: http://www.majorgeeks.com/download5554.html
-copy it to a new FOLDER placed either alongside your program files or on your desktop and then...
-in that folder start HijackThis by dclicking the .exe
-CLOSE ALL OTHER APPLICATIONS and any open windows including the explorer window containing HijackThis.
-click the Scan and Save a Logfile button. Post the log here.
We may then be able to help you.

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Prior to doing what is listed above, I have a DECENT amount of music on the hard drive....Will this slow stuff up a bit on start up? Would putting the music on a flash drive be a good thing to do?

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Prior to doing what is listed above, I have a DECENT amount of music on the hard drive....Will this slow stuff up a bit on start up? Would putting the music on a flash drive be a good thing to do?

no,this will not slow computer ,unless media player is opening on startup and playing the music ,if you value your music you should back it up to dvd disk's
run the hijackthis program and copy the log here as suggested

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Your media player has to index those music files at startup IF they are in its playlists, and the player is set to load at startup..... it must load a "thumbnail" from each.

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go to START..RUN...type in MSCONFIG...then click on OK
click on START UP TAB...uncheck everything EXCEPT your AV and firewall...if its a laptop you have to be careful about what you uncheck or your touch pad and wireless and things like that will not function for you..
google each start up item to decide if you need it to load with windows...unchecking them does not remove them ..they are still available to use...
if your not sure post a screenshot for me and I will tell you what to uncheck

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Your media player has to index those music files at startup IF they are in its playlists, and the player is set to load at startup..... it must load a "thumbnail" from each.

NO they are on the hard drive...Regarding registry cleaners is there any SAFE ones for a total novice or is it better to stay away?


How would I copy from MS config?

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Regarding registry cleaners is there any SAFE ones for a total novice or is it better to stay away?

about the only safe one is ccleaner...as with any new install DO NOT GET CLICK HAPPY...make sure you don't install any toolbars or change your search engine...
to get a screenshot...when you have the start tab open drag the bottom of the window down so everything is showing then press the ALT and the prtscr keys at the same time...then open paint...left click in the white box then press ctrl and v keys at the same time...then click on file (top left)...save as...name it startup list...then in the save as box just below that ...select .jpg

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I saved it to desktop, how do I get you to see the file here?

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you didn't follow the instructions...I didn't say drag and drop...
this may be easier for you...
get this firefox addon here...https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/14922

http://ScrnSht.com/kqvqhh

Capture and upload a screenshot to UploadScreenshot.com. Screenshots are hosted free of charge with no advertisements.
after your on the window you want a screenshot of just click on the lens...
[IMG]http://img1.UploadScreenshot.com/images/main/5/12818384568.jpg[/IMG]
it will take a few seconds then copy the Original (Full Resolution / Largest) url and paste it in your reply...
[IMG]http://img1.UploadScreenshot.com/images/orig/5/12819285984-orig.png[/IMG]

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Ccleaner is good, I use it every couple of days to clean [it is easily configurable], but never to clean the registry. Sod that.
Did you see my hijackthis reference? Get it, run that scan, post it. Also when you have the main menu open, click the Misc Tools button, click Generate StartupList Log. Post it. Simple as.

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Ccleaner is good, I use it every couple of days to clean [it is easily configurable], but never to clean the registry. Sod that.
Did you see my hijackthis reference? Get it, run that scan, post it. Also when you have the main menu open, click the Misc Tools button, click Generate StartupList Log. Post it. Simple as.

Can you give me the hijack this link again?

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