Starting Up ME Faster

There are several ways to speed up this process:

  1. Look at all the startup programs to see which ones you really don't need. Simply access the Start button, select Run, and type MSCONFIG to bring up the System Configurator. Select the Startup tab and you'll see a large list of programs that all start when you boot your computer. By unchecking the boxes, you can stop programs from loading up at Startup that may save you some time. Be warned, some of these programs MUST start at Startup or Windows Me will fail. Be for doing anything else, click on the CleanUp button to remove obsolete items (Windows 98 does not have this button).
  2. Another option is to select Start, Programs, Accessories, Systems, Maintenance Wizard to remove temporary files, Internet cache, empty recycle bin, etc.
  3. Another method is to run DEFRAG, it may be time to organize those files in more of a logical structure placing the ones that typically start up first in line.
  4. Another way to get ME loading faster including Windows 98x is to reduce the number of fonts. For the most part, people typically have over a 100 fonts and only use no more than 20. So it may be beneficial to reduce the number of fonts you are trying to load up. I found out that my system was trying to load over 700 fonts and I have reduced them so far down to just a little over 400, and my PC is now booting up faster. Go to Start, Settings, Control Panel, Fonts. Select all the fonts you typically do not use and move them to a folder called OLDFONTS. Then after you are sure that you don't need them anymore, you can delete the folder. Be sure not to move any fonts identified with Red Lettering or Red Type Symbol, these fonts are required by the system and must remain.

With Step #1 above, a little more information is required. A good rule of thumb to follow is: If a file's path begins with c:\Windows\ then you should leave it alone. Some of the files definitely needed by Windows are ScanRegistry, TaskMonitor, LoadPowerProfile, Pointer, and SystemTray. (Note: If you have multiple versions of LoadPowerProfile, remove all but the last one.)
If for some reason Windows rebels after you make these changes, run MsConfig again and put the check marks back.

This tip comes from Michael Vincent.

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Date of last revision: 31 December 2001.