Windows XP System Configuration Utility
April 16, 2002
Is your home PC running slow? Wanna speed it up?
Here's how using the System Configuration Utility
I am sure you have all visited someone's desk that has a system tray that spans their task bar. They say that they are not using their PC for anything but work; however, you see an AOL Instant Messenger and the MSN Messenger open and active, very active.
When unknowing users install something, be it from a CD or via the web, there is usually an option to have this program invoked at startup. Sometimes, the user is not even prompted; the program just installs it there by default.
This can be removed from startup using the msconfig utility. You can access this from the "Run" box out of the Start Button. All you do is type "msconfig" in the box and hit enter. This will bring up the following window:
From here, you can edit your INI files interactively, which is pretty cool. They have a Windows Installer "Feature" appearance to them now. Below is the System.ini file tab:
You can also edit your services. This is a pretty cool feature as well. This is what the Services tab is like:
Now to the big one, the startup information. This is where you will be cleaning up the mess that the user has created (whether they realize it or not...).
Now, keep in mind that my system is VERY CLEAN. If you have a home PC running Windows 98 that you have been using to dial up to the web, you will see something entirely different. To free up system resources, you can simply uncheck the boxes for programs that you do not want to start.
The problem is when you have a set of programs running that are taking up CPU time, other programs will not be able to access it.
Just remember, if you have a system that is dedicating 40% of its resources to crap, then you will only have 60% to spare.
Let me know if you have any more utilities that you want discussed.