Finding files which slow your computer down

by oneafrikan on June 7, 2005

I’ve had this post in my Draft’s for ages, so thought I’d post it now:

If you feel your Windows machine could go a little faster, it probably could.
IMHO, there’s quite a lot of bloat going on in any default install if Windows x, so here are some little tidbits that could make your machine, and thus you hopefully, a little faster.

_ TINTSETP.EXE: Part of Microsoft’s Input Message Editor (IME) for translating Japanese/Chinese text in IE, Outlook and Word. – unless your’e Japanese / Chinese, you probably could kill that one.
_ ImScInst.exe: Part of Microsoft’s Input Message Editor (IME) for translating Japanese/Chinese text in IE, Outlook and Word – Pretty much same as the above.
_ IMJPMIG.EXE: Part of MS Input Method Editor which is used to ease the input of Asian characters in MS Office (Chinese, Korean and this one is Japanese) – also similiar.

As you can see from these examples, there are a few things that run, especially if you do a full / semi-full install of Office, that you more than likely don’t need. Do a CTRL-ALT-DEL and see what else is running in your task manager – from experience you probably shouldn’t have more than a screen length of apps running (of course, if you run a bad ass 21″ monitor, then ignore that) – anything you don’t recognise, either find where it lives and make a decision as to whether you need it, or go to Windows Services manager, and stop the process there. A good one off the top of my head is the Windows messaging service – don’t need it, and spammers use it = kill it!

Solutions:
_ Startright – a great utility for loading stuff in the right order
Download it, run it, and then go through your startup list with a fine toothcomb – anything you don’t recognise, or use 80% of the time, bin it and wait until you need it. Also, if you have apps like Quicktime, RealPlayer, an antivirus, Activesync, scanners, Winamp etc etc, then they also more than likely hog system resources. Make a decision as to whether your RAM is more important than the systray RAM they need to have available all the time, and if not, get Startright not to load it.

_ RegCleaner also does a great job of finding registry entries that you don’t need, as well as any spamware, sniffers or virii… It also show’s you where apps live, so you can go and find out more about them.

Result:
Your startup in Windows should be made a lot faster and cleaner, you’ll be using less system resources when you are at work on your masterpiece, your machine will feel like a young buck as well as loved, and you’ll be happy as Larry ;-)

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