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Speeding Up the Logon Process
Ever wonder why it takes your computer so long to start up after you log on?
After all, the system already loaded the majority of the operating system
components. Does your computer take longer to load after you sign on than it used
to take when you first brought it home? These are some of the questions this
chapter answers. You can make your system load faster by using a number
of cool tweaks and hacks. The previous chapter touched on how to make the
system boot faster. This chapter concentrates on how to make the system load
faster after the operating system has loaded and you are presented with the
welcome sign-on screen.
After you turn on your computer, it goes through the boot-up process, which
loads the main system components and drivers. When those are finished
loading, the Windows shell is started and the lock screen is displayed. After the
lock screen is displayed and you sign on, the system begins to load your user
profile settings and the rest of the Windows shell. When that is finished
loading, the system runs the applications that are in the startup folder as well as
other sneaky registry startup programs. After these applications are finished
loading, the busy icon no longer represents your cursor, and you are set to do
whatever you want with your computer.
This chapter begins by examining ways to speed up the logon process. Then
it discusses how to get rid of all those extra applications that run at startup that
further slow down your computer. When you use the tips you learn in this
chapter, your system will have a much faster loading time.