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by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) September 12, 2008 9:59 AM PDT

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How do I disable unnecessary programs running in my PCs background?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 9/12/08 9:59 AM

Question:

Many times people mention that to speed up your computers
overall speed--including Windows start-up, and shut
down--is to eliminate unnecessary programs from running in
the background. Is this true? I have never truly
understood whether controlling the programs linked to your
start menu is the answer, and I don't seem able to
successfully link the ones I want to open on start-up and
unlink the others. Please help me understand, as Im not
at all familiar with this. What is the exact process that
I need to take to stop the unnecessary programs from
starting up and running in the background? Please explain
in detail a way in which I can do this safely and
successfully. Im running Windows XP. Thanks a big bunch!

--Submitted by Kate S.


Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
please read up on all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this member's question.

Pulling it all together. --Submitted by MarkFlax
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=308311&messageID=2857160#2857160

Killing programs that start automatically to improve speed --Submitted by Watzman
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=308311&messageID=2856698#2856698

General information on shutting down processes --Submitted by TarekOkail
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-10149_102-0.html?forumID=7&threadID=308311&messageID=2857180#2857180

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