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Booting is the process when your operating system (in this case Windows) is loaded into your computer's memory. When you start your PC, the process goes through the BIOS procedures and initiates the first boot device. This device should normally be the hard drive upon which your operating system is installed. If Windows isn't booting up, the first step is to check and see in the BIOS menu that the system is set to boot from the right source. Another problem can occur when dual-booting operating systems like Windows XP, Vista and 7, or Windows and Linux. Here are other common problems that can happen during the booting problem and methods to solve them.
- Windows XP Not Booting and Keeps Looping: Troubleshooting XP
- Is Booting Up Your Computer a Long Process? Make Windows Boot Faster
- Windows Vista wont Boot or Only Starts in Safe Mode
- How to Speed Up Windows Vista Boot Time
- How to Troubleshoot and Fix a Black Screen after Windows Boots Up
- Missing Windows 7 Boot Manager Fixes
- How to Fix a Windows 7 Blue Screen on Startup
- Windows 7 Boot Manager Remove
- How to Set Up Custom Windows 7 Boot Screens
- Multi Boot Windows 7 - Run Multiple Operating Systems on Your PC
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Slow Start and Shutdown
If your operating system takes forever to load, it can happen when you have too many programs or processes that are activated with the system start-up. Another problem can be if you use an antivirus program that slows down your system by scanning on start-up. Automatic updates also can be an issue because they check for updates at start-up. Problems can occur at shutdown that also make this process long. Here are the answers to most common startup and shutdown problems.
- Troubleshoot Windows XP Slow Start-Up
- Slow PC Start Up and Program Opening Problems
- How to Increase Startup Speed Windows XP
- Removing Items from Start-Up in Windows XP
- Vista is Slow to Start or Stops
- Change Startup Programs - Change Windows Vista Startup Order
- Speed Up Windows Startup - Remove Unnecessary Startup Processes
- Fix Slow Windows XP Shutdown | Tweaking the Regsitry Editor
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Drivers are what makes possible for your operating system to communicate with your hardware. Installing the right driver for the right hardware is of great importance. Also, updating your drivers is essential for system stability and speed. Here are solutions on where to find drivers for your system and how to update your old ones.
- Find, Install, and Troubleshoot Windows 7 Intel Chipset Drivers
- Find, Install, and Troubleshoot ASUS Drivers for Windows 7
- Locating and Installing HP Drivers for Windows 7
- Download Windows 7 NVIDIA Drivers
- Working with Windows 7 Printer Drivers
- How To Find And Install A Windows 7 Bluetooth Driver
- Find, Install, and Troubleshoot a Realtek Audio Driver: Windows 7 Tips
- Driver Detection Software - Windows PC Device Driver Management
- Windows 7 Driver Update
- Updating and Managing Drivers for Windows Systems
- Windows 7 Drivers Download Websites Where To Find
- How to Stop Windows 7 Automatic Driver Installation
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Slow Windows and Application Performance
Slow performance is another problem that is common to almost every Windows system. This happens after prolonged use of the PC without defragmentation of the hard drive, installing and uninstalling all sorts of applications, and poor maintenance of the system. Learn how you can speed up your system and applications using some of the tools built right into Windows.
- Why is Windows XP Slow? - Make Windows XP Run Faster
- Why is Windows so Slow? Improving Slow Performance on Windows
- How to Make Windows Explorer Open Faster
- Do Too Many Icons On Your Desktop Slow Down Your Computer?
- Why is My Hard Drive Slow and Why is it so Full?
- My Microsoft Word is Slow to Boot Up
- Registry Tweaks to Speed up Windows 7
- Learn How to Speed Up Windows 7
- Tips to Speed up Windows 7 - A Three Step Process
- Windows 7 Network is Slow - Speed up Windows 7
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Security Issues with Windows
Computer security is very important. People often don't realize how vulnerable their system can be if it's not properly protected. There are two layers of protection - your firewall for network protection and your antivirus program. Keeping them on and up to date is a must, and there are some very good free programs available. Read more about Windows security and antivirus protection from these articles below.
- Windows Security Troubleshooting, Tips and Tricks
- Microsoft Windows Security - Comparing XP, Vista, and Windows 7
- Best Windows Security: Top Ten Security Reasons to use Windows
- The Best Antivirus Programs for Windows 7
- Guide to Windows Security Center: What You Need to Know to Protect
- Free Windows Security Software: Top Picks for the Average User
- Windows 7 Firewall: Is It Good Enough?
- The Best Internet Security Software for Windows
- Introduction to Wireless Security
- A Guide to Wireless Network Security: Keeping Your Network Safe
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The most important part of dealing with Windows problems is to keep your system up to date. That means updating your Windows, drivers, antivirus software and other applications in order to insure high performance and a proper level of security. Feel free to ask any question related to a Windows problem using the comment section below.
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- All information from author's experience.