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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Nov 4, 2011 3:12 PM CST
Dave there was a program on TV yesterday that showed how to speed up your internet connection. Silly me I didn't write the directions down.
It was something about going and somewhere in the system and making is so many applications are not running all at once. It did not affect the Anti virus software.
Can you explain how to do that?
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Nov 5, 2011 7:59 AM CST

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I don't know, but I am always very skeptical of companies that advertise for these kinds of things on TV or radio.

Is your computer running too slow? The best thing to do is make sure you're not running a hundred programs at once!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Nov 5, 2011 8:18 AM CST
That is what they were talking about on or local talk show in Portland. Programs running in the background. But I didn't write down where to go in my computer to check that. : (
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
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dave
Nov 5, 2011 8:27 AM CST

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Someone else is going to have to comment here because I don't know. I quit using Windows back when Windows 95 was the latest release.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Nov 5, 2011 8:34 AM CST
I keep forgetting that. *Blush*
Thank you Dave. Thumbs up

Okay, where are all you Windows techie people?
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Nov 5, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Hit start=>run and type msconfig.

Click the startup tab.
Uncheck everything you don't want running at startup. I unchecked my weather app, mail, etc.
Click OK.
Reboot.

Just make darn sure you know what it is you're unchecking!!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Nov 5, 2011 1:44 PM CST
Lee Anne thank you so much. It really helped. There are things on there that I'm not sure of though, so I didn't un-check them. Things are running better now.
I wasn't sure about some of the Adobe stuff in the list. I do have Adobe Photoshop on my task bar, but not sure which is what in the list. It is probably taking up a lot of running space in the background.
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Nov 5, 2011 3:34 PM CST

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I used to do what Lee Anne recommended until I found a free program called Crap Cleaner, since renamed CCleaner. It's basic function started out as cleaning Temp. internet files, cookies, ... then they added others. I manage my Startup programs from there now.

Startup programs are located in Tools, Startup. You still have to be careful about what you choose like Lee Anne says. You can read more here: http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

You can run the CCleaner function by opening the program or by right clicking Trash and selecting it there. By saving the login cookies for ATP, Cubits,... you don't have to log in all the time.

I use the free version, no problems in several yrs.
Evan
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
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sandnsea2
Nov 5, 2011 3:46 PM CST
Lynn, do you have Defrags running automatically on a daily basis?
Name: Evan
Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA (Zone 6a)
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eclayne
Nov 5, 2011 3:52 PM CST

Plants Admin

That's a good one Janice. Also some anti-virus programs can check for updates hourly or daily based on your choice.
Evan
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Nov 5, 2011 4:50 PM CST
My Kaspersky keeps a check all the time.
I will check my defrag. I don't have very much on this hard drive since I've been using a large external storage drive to keep things on.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Nov 5, 2011 5:19 PM CST
I had a tune up on my only computer (laptop) just a week or so ago. The guy put Google Chrome on it & that's been working pretty good & he tweaked my start up stuff so it starts up much faster now & runs faster in general. BUT --- Now I'm having this annoying thing happen in my Windows live mail (2009). Maybe you windows techies can help me with that? When I open my email I often get a dialog box asking me if I want to work online or offline -- do I want to work online now? I never had that before the guy worked on it & it's quite aggravating. And when it doesn't do that I get this other symptom which is a dialog box which pops up telling me winmail is checking &/or downloading mail & has the green bar that shows the progress of the download. I never got that before either. I hate it! Can you guys give me some tips please?

I have Vista for my OS.
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Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
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sandnsea2
Nov 5, 2011 8:32 PM CST
Lynn, were you able to find Defrag?
Click on the start button, then type Defrag in the search box.
If you haven't been doing them, this should make a huge difference. Smiling
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 5, 2011 10:08 PM CST
I just checked it and it has been defraging every couple of days. It is running better since I unchecked some of the things that were running in the background. : )
Name: Janice
Cape Cod, MA, USA (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums Tip Photographer
Daylilies Roses Orchids Miniature Gardening Lilies Irises
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sandnsea2
Nov 6, 2011 5:31 AM CST
That's great, Lynn! Thumbs up
Name: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Nov 6, 2011 7:58 AM CST

Garden.org Admin

Thumbs up
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
Forum moderator I helped beta test the first seed swap Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant and/or Seed Trader Garden Ideas: Master Level Sempervivums
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valleylynn
Nov 6, 2011 8:24 AM CST
Thank you all. Group hug
Name: June or Nancy-June o
Dover AFB, Delaware (Zone 7a)
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JuneBug
Nov 11, 2011 7:42 PM CST
Um, am I too late to ask questions about what to get rid of on the start menu?
I have, but seldom use PowerPoint and I usually only look at one form/page in Word and in Excel. Is it OK to to take them off the start up or is it a time-eating pain when I do need to open them?

Signed,
Scardey-cat JB *Blush*
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Keeps Goats Keeper of Poultry Frogs and Toads Charter ATP Member Region: Canadian
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threegardeners
Nov 11, 2011 7:45 PM CST
I took them off my start menu. I only use them rarely and when I do it doesn't take long to open them individually.
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Nov 12, 2011 8:05 AM CST
If you delete your browsing history cookies that can speed up a cluttered slowing computer. Go to the start menu, Control Panel and find the Internet Options icon. Open that and you will find it there, when I click the 'delete' button it gives a list of things not to delete such as saved passwords which can be checked or unchecked.

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