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Working with computer startup issues

Ever experience start up errors when Windows is loading up?This can be very annoying. The most
common cause is due to entries in the start up list that is due to improper un-installation of programs.

Spyware and virus software as well can cause similar issues that make you want to pull your hair out. Then spyware or viruses are removed the harmful aspects of these types of software are most commonly the only entries these removal utilities address. Commonly the remaining registry entries in the start up file often remain.

When addressing a start up issue it is best to note the error or errors by logging the information. Once
you have logged the errors you are now ready to start researching the error.

A common way of diagnosing start up errors is to use the Google search engine by visiting www.google.com.

Input the error exactly as it appears. This will result in a more efficient search query. By referencing the offending module you can obtain information on the module as to its manufacturer and function.

You will find many different ways of addressing any particular issue when you use a search engine. If the
entry pertains to a particular software title it is best to contact their support to address the issue with proper procedures for removal or re-installation.

Another way to address start up errors is by using the Microsoft msconfig utility. This utility can be invoked by going to your start menu and selecting run. In the run box input the utility name by typing msconfig and selecting ok. Once the msconfig utility has loaded select the start up tab. Review your entries noting if there are entries that reference the particular module or software that has been noted in the error. You can deselect these entries which disables the call from the start up file.

If you cannot identify the entry in your start up folder try disabling half of the entries then select the ok button and perform a restart. If the condition of your computer does not change repeat the process and re-enable the removed entries. Attempt disabling the remaining entries and perform another restart. If the issue at any point is alleviated re-enable the items one at a time while performing a restart after each until the offending entry is identified.

In most cases this will help you identify and remove the issue. In cases the issue still exists and you have identified a particular software title that is the cause you should contact the software manufacturer for assistance.

Always remember most of these entries only serve to use up memory resources and most arent needed, but if you have virus or firewall software installed leave those entries enabled unless they are the problem entries.

A quick note: Smashing or thrashing your computer doesn’t help at least in these instances. 🙂

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Storm says

Good points, but something to keep in mind is often freeware comes with spyware built into it which often causes problems that can only be fixed by removing the freeware program.

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