Startup programs in Windows® XP
How does Windows® XP startup program impact system performance
Windows® XP operating system provides the PC with a new graphical interface that is more user-friendly and easier to learn. The operating system needs a lower end system configuration to run. There are various programs that run during the startup of the operating system. The programs can be determined by the user if needed. These startup programs can extend the time taken for the system to start. Various startup programs on the Windows® XP system can be removed or added as needed by the user.
An overview on Windows® XP startup programs and its impact on system performance is outlined below :
- Managing startup programs
- Optimization of the operating system
- Impact on system performance
Managing startup programs
The startup programs that run on Windows® XP system can be accessed from the start menu. Open the run command and type 'msconfig', this would display all the data that runs during the startup of Windows® XP operating system. Press the startup tab to view all the programs running during the startup of the system. Uncheck the programs that need not be started during the start of the system. Once the boxes are unchecked reboot the system to let the changes take effect.
Optimization of the operating system
The operating system can be optimized to perform faster when the number of programs is reduced during startup. The programs and unused icons can be removed from the system tray as well as the desktop to start the Windows® operating system faster. If you are not sure of a program check it online to see if it is a Windows® Essential utility, or a user installed application, if the program is not needed it can be unchecked. If any program that is removed has caused an error to the system and causes instability then go and check the program after the Windows® XP logs in.
Windows® XP can obtain utilities to optimize system performance. Tune up utilities are available in the market which can be installed and with which the system can be optimized. The Windows® XP provides tools such as Windows® Defender. Windows® Defender would determine the program that should run during the startup of the system. If the tool is not available on the version of Windows® XP, it can be easily downloaded from Internet.