Free RAM Upgrade For Your Tablet PC, Notebook or Desktop!
Ok, don’t get your screwdriver ready just yet. To free up this RAM all you will need is your pen, keyboard and/or mouse.
Chances are that if you have purchased your Tablet PC, notebook or desktop PC from a major manufacturer, your machine is being “robbed” of RAM by the several uneccessary “startup” programs (many from software “partners” that your manufacturer has teamed up with) on your machine that you may or may not even know about.
What a rediculous mess. Thanks Toshiba! Read further. We will fix this…
These “convenient” applications not only steal resources, but they also slow down your Tablet PC or Notebook and even waste precious battery life. When you are away from an AC outlet and every minute counts, why should you put up with unnecessary programs accessing your hard drive, the internet and eating away at your precious battery life.
For example, many software and hardware manufacturers install “updaters” that will seek updates for your current hardware drivers and software automatically every time you connect to the web. Your hardware or software manufacturer wants to keep you up to date and “informed”. How thoughtful! Gee thanks. Even better, this also allows many companies to deliver a message to you that a “new” version is available (usually at a cost), but again how nice of them. Dare I say that there is a fine line between these pesky little programs and dreaded full-blown spyware.
PART II – Let’s stop the madness and free up some RAM!
(note: Do try this at home! As with any system alteration however, we recommend backing up important data and files prior to proceeding)
First things first. Hopefully you have put down your screwdriver, stopped cursing me for getting you to read this for “free” RAM and are ready to explore a part of Windows that you may have not dared to have gone to before.
1. Click “Start”, “Run…” and then type “msconfig” in the run box. Click on the “OK” button.
2. Welcome to the “System Configuration Utility”. Next click on the “Startup” tab (hilighted in red) on our screenshot.
3. Now you can drag the “Command” lines to the right so you can reveal most of the paths that each of these programs originate from. Not sure what to check or uncheck? Never fear. Check out this great resource : http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php At this site, you will be able to search just about any of these “Startup Items” and find out all you need to know before disabling anything. If you cannot disable the item from the System Configuration Utility (sometimes even unchecking it doesn’t work). Sysinfo.org will have further information on how to disable that particular item through the application’s own preferences, etc.
Just uncheck the unneeded items and say “goodbye” on your next restart.
When finished, click “Apply”, then “OK”. You will next be prompted by Windows:
Go ahead and restart your system. Even without disabling applications outside of the System Configuration Utility, we were able to clean up our machine; the Toshiba R15 satisfactorily:
By the way, it won’t take over 10 hours to do this (note the system clock). We just had to take a lunch and dinner break before restarting! LOL
After completing the process, we noticed a quicker startup time and even zippier performance while running certain tasks. Even your CPU has to work harder when running extra instructions in the background. We hope that if you decide to optimize your startup, that you gain a boost too.
Good luck to all…