Stop Programs Loading At Startup – Windows

You do not need all your programs loading at startup on your Windows computer. Windows computers will remember every time you install a program and want to load it along with everything else you have unless you stop those programs. So how do you do this? In Windows 10 through Task Manager and in Windows 7 through MSCONFIG Instructions can be found here:How to Disable Startup Programs In Windows  In the article ignore the reference to CCleaner

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Issues With Your Computer , Tablet , Smartphone – The First Thing To Do

Restart – yes – Restart If you are having any issues with either your computer , tablet or smartphone – restart the device. I increasingly come across people that do not ever restart their devices for weeks or months on end – this is not right. Tablets or smartphones at least once a week , computers – Windows 7 – every day , Windows 10 every couple of days – Apple Computers – every couple of days So what can restarting fix : Software & Operating system updates Network issues Software not starting Multiple issues When in doubt restart

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Lets Talk About Speeding Up Your Computer

Complaining of a slow Windows computer here are 4 tips that should help speed it up. Install a solid state drive – they are far quicker than the mechanical drives – AllNeeds Computers can assist with the changeover  Stop everything loading at startup – for Windows 10 users learn about Task Manager – Windows 7 users – MSCONFIG – details here – Disable Startup programs  Take a good hard look at your antivirus as yes they can slow down the startup procedure Your desktop is not for installing gigabytes of information 

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Disk Defrag – Should You Or Should You Ignore It

What is Disk Defragmenter ? When you create a document and you add to it and save it , your Windows computer does not just write over your original file when saving it. The file is instead saved onto a different part of your drive. After extended use and time, these chunks of information become scattered, or fragmented, which can slow down the computer’s ability to open files quickly. If you used to manually run Disk Defrag on a regular basis , understand that Windows 7 – 8 will do it automatically. You do not need to do it or run 3rd party programs to do it. Windows 10 – Where Is Disk Defrag ? Windows 10 you will not find Defrag but ” Optimise”If you have a solid state drive that you installed in Windows 7 or 8 – you definitely should not be “defraging it” , waste of time and can shorten the life of the drive as a solid state drive supports limited writes and that defrag operations cause many writes on the device. Just let Windows handle this and don’t let 3rd party programs do this.

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Windows 10 – Free Upgrade Ends July 29th – Should You Make The Move

The offer to upgrade to Windows 10 ends on July 29th and after July 29th if you want to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 / 8.1 it will cost roughly $179 ( depends where you buy it from ). If you are running Windows 8 / 8.1 , I think it is a no brainer to go to Windows 10 ,which is a much improved experience on Window 8 / 8.1. If you are running Windows 7 it really depends if you are happy where you are as it will be supported till Jan 2020 so by that time you will probably have changed your computer. The nag to make the move to Windows 10 should end after July 29th and will probably be removed via an update. What To Do If You Are Going To Upgrade ? Uninstall your antivirus if it is anything other than the one supplied by Microsoft via the uninstall tool supplied by the maker of the antivirus  Do a backup  Remove any bogus programs such as – registry cleaners , “speed up my pc” programs  What Do I Think Of Windows 10 ? I like it now that all the issues have… Read More

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Get The Windows 7 Games Back In Windows 10

So you have made the move to Windows 10 and miss the classic games that came with Windows 7 well lets help you get them back. Well thanks to  WinAero you can return to playing Minesweeper , Freecell , Hearts etc  There is an option to download in your browser which means it will go to your download folder. Then run the executable from there and you will soon be playing Solitaire and Minesweeper again.

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Stop Unneccesary Applications From Starting In Windows 7 – Windows 8

When you buy a Windows computer it is designed to load all programs at startup. The more programs you have that load on startup on your computer then the more memory it uses , the more chance you have that it can crash or run slowly. So what do you do? Learn how to use MSCONFIG so that you can stop any unnecessary programs loading  Examples of these programs are: Adobe Apple Printers These programs will all run when ” activated ” from their software but you don’t need them to run at startup.  Here is an article that should help you understand how to do this in Windows 7 – Windows 8  How To Disable Startup Programs In Windows  Adobe Apple Printers These programs will all run when ” activated ” from their software but you don’t need them to run at startup.  Here is an article that should help you understand how to do this in Windows 7 – Windows 8  How To Disable Startup Programs In Windows 

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What Did I Discuss On Radio – w/c 10th Nov

IP Cameras – Webcams – Wifi Access IP Cameras are used for security in many businesses but suppose they were not that secure and anyone could log on and see what only you were supposed to be seeing. If you have one or more of these installed in your home or business you need to change your user name and password from the default or they can be accessed freely from the internet which some websites are now showing. Adelaide is extremely susceptible to this as we have free wifi. Windows 7 Windows 7 , the last of the discs to update or install the operating system are still available but suppliers are starting to run outRemember currently you will be able to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and it is a pretty smooth processWindows 7 runs on 53% of computers currently If you want a computer with Windows 7 go to All Needs Computers and tell them I referred you. Android Lollipop Issues Being delayed due to wifi and battery draining issue Android Lollipop Delayed Apple Security Issue There is an apparent security issue with Apple and iOS devices People receive a link in an email to install an… Read More

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Basic Software Maintenance For Computers – Windows and Apple

If you have a Windows machine there is a certain amount of maintenance you need to do. Windows Vista ,  7 , 8 Windows Updates – manually go in and check for optional updates as well as having a look at the automatic ones to make sure they have been done  Perform a Disc Cleanup Keep Antivirus software up to date Keep software up to date , Adobe Reader / Adobe Flash especially Uninstall programs that you no longer need  Windows Vista , Windows 7 & 8 automatically defragment the hard drive without you doing it and with the NTFS file system it is really unnecessary, but you will need to amend the time that this runs as it is usually set to 2.00am and no one has there computer on at that time. Now with the advent of Solid State drives in computers you should never defrag those as it reduces the life of the SS. So what maintenance do you have to do on a mac ? Every 3 – 6 months go to Disc Utility and repair disc permissions and update your software as advised by software update which you can find under the Apple icon in the top left hand… Read More

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