Computer Support Msconfig

Computer Support Msconfig



Computer Support – MSConfig
The computer .​
The thing we​ all love to​ hate .​
It does so many important things for us,​ yet also causes some of​ our biggest headaches .​
There is​ always something that needs to​ be fixed or​ optimized,​ no matter what we​ do it​ seems .​
No matter how well they invent new technology,​ something still breaks down.
And when it​ does,​ you end up calling tech support where either you or​ the​ technician is​ bound to​ feel stupid at​ some point .​
Believe me,​ it’s the​ technician in​ many cases,​ so don’t feel bad.
In this article,​ I​ am going to​ go over one of​ the​ most common computer problems and how to​ fix it​ without calling a​ computer support technician,​ or​ your Uncle Bob’s third cousin’s friend,​ who knows a​ lot about computers.
Let’s start at​ the​ beginning .​
Booting up,​ that (for some of​ us) long process where your computer comes to​ life .​
I​ read a​ book that explains computers pretty well .​
In it,​ the​ author said that when a​ computer gets turned on​ it’s as​ if​ every time you woke up,​ you had to​ make sure you still had 10 fingers,​ 10 toes,​ two eyes,​ two arms,​ etc.
That is​ exactly what a​ computer does as​ it​ boots up and starts the​ operating system .​
It uses the​ registry to​ examine itself to​ see if​ anything it​ remembers having is​ not there anymore .​
So look at​ the​ registry as​ the​ brain .​
I​ do not recommend novice computer users doing anything in​ the​ registry .​
If you would not be comfortable performing your own lobotomy,​ then leave the​ registry alone.
Windows comes with tools built into the​ operating system that makes changes to​ the​ registry for you .​
One of​ these you should get to​ know well is​ msconfig .​
Every program you download had someone programming it​ that believes you cannot live without his or​ her software program running all the​ time and starting up every time you start your computer.
For almost all software,​ this is​ not the​ case .​
You can live without his or​ her program running constantly on​ your computer .​
Even Microsoft office and Corel office install themselves into your startup process .​
They must have thought while writing that program,​ that everyone will be using their product as​ soon as​ they boot up so let’s tell the​ computer to​ go ahead and do that for them,​.
Go to​ start,​ the​ little button in​ the​ lower left hand side of​ your computer,​ in​ most instances .​
Now click on​ run .​
Type in​ msconfig .​
You will see several options .​
Normal startup,​ Diagnostic startup,​ and Selective startup .​
We are going to​ be selective today and from now on,​ so click selective.
Now on​ the​ tabs at​ the​ top,​ choose startup .​
You will see all the​ programs that startup when your computer boots up .​
Some of​ these are necessary and some are not .​
If you are unsure what something is,​ do not remove the​ check by it .​
I’ll tell you how to​ figure that out in​ a​ minute.
Some things you will see that need to​ stay in​ are load power profile,​ scanregistry,​ taskmonitor,​ system tray,​ and hotkeyscommands.
You can leave those in​ .​
Now to​ the​ right you will see paths to​ where the​ programs are and most will provide a​ clue as​ to​ what they are for .​
Pretty much anything to​ do with your Internet connection,​ your printer,​ your mouse,​ or​ other items you know you need should stay checked .​
Anything to​ do with your virus program should be left alone as​ well.
Others like schedulers you don’t use,​ QuickTime or​ quicktask,​ MSN messenger,​ Yahoo pager,​ RealPlayer,​ Quickview,​ search anything,​ Microsoft Office,​ Corel Office,​ etc .​
can be unchecked .​
Microsoft and Corel Office will work just fine when you go to​ use them without having them in​ your startup menu.
The same goes for the​ other programs .​
They do not need to​ be running until you decide you need them .​
Once you begin to​ take control of​ your computer and learn what makes it​ tick,​ the​ less you will depend on​ those long tech support calls.
Once you have unchecked all of​ the​ programs you know for sure do not need to​ be there,​ hit apply,​ then ok .​
It will tell you that you need to​ reboot .​
So go ahead and do that after you save this article or​ bookmark it​ so you can see what to​ do next.
After you reboot,​ you will get a​ popup that says something like,​ OH MY GOD! You have chosen to​ change some settings! Are you sure?! Make sure you check the​ box that says don’t show me this dramatic popup anymore,​ then close that.
Go back to​ start,​ run,​ type msconfig again .​
Go back to​ the​ tab at​ the​ top that says startup .​
If there is​ anything you were not sure of​ that you wish to​ remove,​ go ahead,​ but only pick one! Important,​ only pick one,​ then reboot to​ see if​ that one caused you any problems .​
If it​ does,​ then you simply go back to​ msconfig,​ check the​ box back again and reboot again .​
You can repeat this for each of​ the​ ones you were not sure about removing.
I hope I​ have saved you at​ least one computer tech support call with this article .​
Your computer should now run a​ little faster and you know what to​ do every time you download a​ new program .​
Go see if​ it​ installed itself into the​ startup folder and remove it​ if​ you do not need it​ at​ startup .​
Happy computing!




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