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Title: How to Use MSCONFIG To Troubleshoot and Optimize Your Personal Computer Skill Level: Basic WIndows Knowledge
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Windows 7
Author: Michael J. Casimir Categories: MSCONFIG
Pages: 1 Applies To: System Configuration Utility
Date Created: November 22, 2006 Last Modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 4:10 PM
 
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Problem:
  • After the welcome screen loads in WIndows 7, the black screen takes over 1 minute to load the Windows desktop.
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Symptoms:

This problem is caused by:

  • Multiple programs / applications starting up when the Windows desktop loads causes the system to load slowly.
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SOLUTIONS:

When your computer is slow to boot, chances are you have some programs starting up with the system which is causing it to work overtime just to get started. What I recommend is once you are able to get into Windows, run MSCONFIG (System Configuration) Utility to see which programs might be starting up causing the slow boot-up problem you've described in your question.

MSCONFIG (System Configuration Utility) is a small utility built into all versions of Windows that provides a means for diagnosing and troubleshooting problems related to the PC.


How To Run MSCONFIG If You're Running Windows 8

  1. Left mouse click the Start button (Windows XP) or Start Orb (Windows Vista/7/8).

  2. Left mouse click the Run command on the Start menu.

    In Windows 8 hold down the Windows Start key and press R at the same time to get the Windows Run Command dialog window to appear.

  3. This will cause the open dialog box to appear as shown in the illustration below:

    The Windows Run dialog Window in Windows 8 operating system.

  4. In the open box, type the command msconfig and press enter or left click Ok.

    The Windows Run dialog Window in Windows 8 operating system.

  5. This will load System Configuration Utility as shown in the screenshot below:

    The Windows Run dialog Window in Windows 8 operating system.

  6. Left click Startup tab.

    In Windows 8, the Startup tab is replaced by a running tab of processes in the Windows Task Manager. From there you can disable or re-enable applications to troubleshoot why your system is starting up slowly.

    If you are running Windows 7:

  7. In the startup type label, click Disable All.

  8. Left click Ok. And Ok again.

  9. When prompted restart your computer.



    If you are running Windows 8, you'll want to follow the instructions and images below to determine if programs starting up with your computer are the cause of the slowness the system is experiencing when the system is booting up.

    The Windows Run dialog Window in Windows 8 operating system.


    On the system configuration window startup tab, Left click the Open task Manager link on the window.

    This will load the Windows task manager from where you can choose to disable applications starting up with the computer.

    The Windows Run dialog Window in Windows 8 operating system.

    To disable a program from starting up when your computer boots, highlight the process name by left clicking once on the name.

    Right click on the process name and select disable.

    The Windows Run dialog Window in Windows 8 operating system.

    Upon next reboot, the process selected will no longer start. Continue this troubleshooting step to determine if too many processes are starting up with the computer, which could be the main reason your system is slow to bootup.

How To Run MSCONFIG If You're Running Windows 7

  1. Left mouse click the Start button (Windows XP) or Start Orb (Windows Vista/7/8).

  2. Left mouse click the Run command on the Start menu.

    In Windows 7 hold down the Windows Start key and press R at the same time to get the Windows Run Command dialog window to appear.

  3. This will cause the open dialog box to appear as shown in the illustration below:

    The Windows Run dialog Window in Windows 8 operating system.

  4. In the open box, type the command msconfig and press enter or left click Ok.
  5. This will load System Configuration Utility as shown in the screenshot below:

    The Windows Run dialog Window in Windows 8 operating system.

  6. Left click Startup tab.

    The Windows Run dialog Window in Windows 8 operating system.

  7. In the startup type label, click Disable All.

  8. Left click Ok.

  9. And left click Ok again.

  10. When prompted restart your computer.

Windows will now restart with a minimal set of programs, drivers, and utilities not required for proper functioning of the PC.


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