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Reducing very long Windows startups
Writing from France, reader Pierre Decrocq asks for help with restoring his PC’s lost performance — especially its way-too-long startup times.
He’s using Windows 7, but the same problems can affect any Windows version.
- “Hello, I have a question for Mr. Langa about [a problem I’d like to solve] but can’t achieve.
“Here’s the context: My PC dates back to 2010, when it was a top-class power system. It has 12GB of RAM and is running Windows 7 SP1 x64 Home edition.
“I’ve kept the Windows startup list short and clean. Skype is the single startup program; automatic services and tasks are minimal.
“But over time, system startups have become longer and longer. I’ve tried to install as few programs as possible, I do regular updates of both programs and Windows, and I’m regularly checking for malware.