JH asked in Computers & InternetSoftware · 1 decade ago

slow starting computer What do I do?

My computer is very slow in start up. I tried to find out why and it turns out that a program called svchost.exe is using up all the processor function in the start up and also does that time to time in middle of use.

It's really annoying but if I tell the task manager to close the program, the computer goes haywire and later won't play sounds or work as well.

What do I do?

8 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    To speed up your computer and free up space and memory:

    Go to the Start Menu and click on run

    Type in appwiz.cpl

    Uninstall whatever you don't need.

    Next, click on run again and type in msconfig.

    Go to the Startup Tab and uncheck everything you don;t want to startup.

    You could also try installing CCleaner, it will get rid of alot of temporary

    files on your computer:


    Another option is to try defragmenting your computer.

    Go to the Start Menu and go to All Programs

    Go to Accessories and System Tools.

    Choose Disk Defragmenter and when it loads click defragment.

    One final thing I would say is to compress your files if you already haven't.

    Open My Computer and right click on your hard drive

    Check the Compress Drive button and let it do it's thing.

    These are short-term solutions however. the easiest way is to just upgrade

    the RAM on your system, but at least the ways above are free.

    If you have a virus, download AVG 8 Anti-virus:


    And for spyware, get SpyBot - Search and Destroy:


    Both are free, as powerful as paid programs and don't use up too many


    Good Luck.

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  • 1 decade ago

    See here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314056

    There are several things you can do to increase the "speed" of your computer.

    1) Clean up the disk. Uninstall unneeded programs (especially those that run at startup and/or put something in the system tray), run Disk Cleanup, and defragment the drive. This is a good first step that will almost always take a few seconds off boot time and application loads for any computer.

    2) Stomp auto-starting programs. Click Start > Run and type "msconfig" at the prompt. Click the Startup tab and look at all that junk that loads when you launch your PC. Do you really need "Adobe Reader Speed Launch"? Probably not. Turn off anything else that looks useless, but be careful not to disable your anti-virus and important system components.

    3) Run a full anti-virus and anti-spyware scan. I would recommend using AVG Free Anti-virus, Spybot - Search and Destroy spyware remover and Ad-aware spyware remover. These programs are all free.

    4) Clean up the registry. CCleaner, available at http://www.ccleaner.com is free and worth running. It will also remove unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space.

    Those are the easy and free things you can do. If your computer is still slow you need to move on to the bigger guns.

    1) Upgrade RAM. This is the one killer trick that will make almost any computer run faster. With an older PC, you will rarely have enough RAM to run today's memory-hogging operating systems and applications, and adding a high-capacity stick or two of quality RAM will give you a quick speed boost. Adding RAM is fairly simple, even for a novice, and you should be able to do the job in 5 or 10 minutes.You can run a free test at http://www.crucial.com and find out what kind of RAM (memory) your computer needs.

    2) Reinstall Windows. If the above tricks haven't helped, it may be time to wipe the slate clean and start again, reformatting your hard drive, reinstalling your applications, and restoring your data files from a backup. You'd be surprised how much more responsive a freshly reinstalled Windows system can be, as you've wiped out years of temp files, garbled registry entries, old versions of software programs that have been upgraded repeatedly, and all sorts of other electronic junk. Reinstalling is easy if you have the "recovery disk" that came with your PC, and only a bit more involved if you're using a retail copy of Windows XP. Just be sure you back up everything you want to take with you before you pull the trigger!

    3) Upgrade your hard drive. This is a more complicated solution, but if you're reinstalling Windows (per the prior tip) you might consider upgrading to a bigger and possibly faster hard drive, too. Hard disk storage is a performance bottleneck on every machine, and magnetic disks degrade over time. Some performance issues could be caused by a failing hard drive, even, and upgrading to a new model could really put some zip back in your system. As a bonus, you can use the original hard drive for backups or occasional storage, if you put it in an enclosure.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are lots of problems which make your pc slow.

    Microsoft Registry Problems = Slow Computer!





    Below can help you speed up your pc:

    From IE, click Tools, Internet Options delete cookies delete files (offline files) clear history (set days to save to 0 if you want) click o.k., and Restart


    1. Right click of C Disk.

    2. Click properties.

    3. Click tools tab.

    4. Click "Defragment now".

    5. Click Defragment.

    You can search which process full use you cpu, and end the process.

    Under steps:

    1. right click on the TaskBar.

    2. click the Task Manager.

    3. click the processes tab.

    4. double click the CPU.

    5. find if the "System Idle Process" is max.

    6. if not right click and click end process.

    Use the tool: http://tpdownload.com/themosteffectiveregistryclea...

    Learn more information "why is my computer running so slow": http://tpdownload.com/WhyIsMyComputerSlow.htm

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  • Erika
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    attempt typing msconfig in run command,this offers you with a configuration demonstrate,visit the initiate tab and deselect each of the classes that are no longer of real inportance,which comprise speedy time,winzip,yet no longer any protection classes like anti-virus,this dosent give up the classes ,purely the initiate observe this and once you press ok you would be asked to restart,do this and once you have restarted ,you're starting to be a demonstrate look,purely tick this and press o.ok.optimistically this could velocity up your initiate,yet while this dosent help,it is your annoying tension,is it making a grinding sound or noises,it may choose changing,some shops will sell you a annoying tension with domicile windows xp pre-put in,yet you will could pay a abit greater for this good success

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  • 1 decade ago

    hit start then run..type in msconfig..click on the start up tab at the top right...now minimize that screen and open www.sysinfo.org and click on full start up list...now enter the entries from the msconfig list that are checked into the search engine of sysinfo.org...make sure you type it exactly as you see it..capitals..spaces etc....sysinfo will give you a definition of what it is and whether or not it needs to start when the computer does....go through the whole list and uncheck unneccesary stuff..if it gives you no definition uncheck it...reboot when done....the cpu will run alot faster now.....cheers

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  • Possibly virus. You may not have the proper virus protection, need to upgrade it or not using it right. Take it to your local computer shop or in-home business. They ussually have free estimates! Good luck!

    Source(s): Dad's a computer tech.
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  • 1 decade ago

    clear all the temporary internet files, temps and all caches and the computer will be fast by itself

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  • Window
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    format the computer and reinstall the operating system. don't install the free junk programs and you should be fine.

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