A friend called me and told me their laptop took “forever” to load. I asked them some basic questions to help determine the problem and put it down to too many applications loading at startup. Rather than instruct them to run msconfig, I thought I’d show them the Troubleshooting tools so they could run them again, themselves, in the future.
If you’re someone who assists others with their computer problems, this could be a great tool in your belt. Or if you’re having performance problems with Windows 7, you can use the Troubleshooting tools that come bundled with the operating system. These tools will scan your computer’s configuration for known settings that cause issues.
Run Troubleshooting to Identify Settings that Cause Performance Issues
To run Troubleshooting:
1. Click the Start button, type trouble and click Troubleshooting.
2. Click Check for performance issues.
3. On the Performance screen, click Advanced.
4. Uncheck Apply repairs automatically (we want to see what changes are being made so we can know how to prevent future issues and, if the settings don’t work–or make it worse–, we can revert the changes.) Click Next.
5. Troubleshooting will now scan your settings to find problems:
6. Once complete, the tool will give you options to fix performance issues. I chose to Configure startup programs to improve performance.
7. If you chose this too, click Start System Configuration…
8. Uncheck the programs you don’t want to start when you start Windows. Want some clues on which ones you can uncheck? See this guide: 12 Programs You Can Remove From Boot Right Now.
Here are a bunch of other programs I choose not to let start:
9. Save your settings and click Close the troubleshooter.
This is just one example of how the Troubleshooter can help you fix your PC. In what ways has the Troubleshooting tool helped you?