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Chapter 27. Do-It-Yourself Computer Tune... > Making Windows Start Faster - Pg. 251

Do-It-Yourself Computer Tune-Ups 251 The Windows Maintenance Wizard (included with Windows 98 and newer versions) can help you keep your computer in tip-top condition. It automatically performs a series of tests and corrections at a scheduled time to check for problems on your hard disk, defragment files, delete temporary files, remove programs from the StartUp menu, and optimize your hard disk. With the Windows Maintenance Wizard, you rarely have to go behind the scenes with Windows to perform these tasks manually. (If you don't have Windows 98 or a more recent version, later sections in this chapter show you how to use Windows 95 tools to optimize your system.) To run the wizard, follow these steps: 1. 2. Click the Start button, point to Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and click Maintenance Wizard. The Maintenance Wizard dialog box appears. Click Express and click Next. Express tells the wizard to delete temporary files and Web files from your hard disk, optimize your hard disk, and check it for errors; however, Express does not tell the wizard to remove programs from the StartUp menu. The Wizard prompts you to select a time of day for performing its maintenance tasks, as shown in Figure 27.1. Figure 27.1. The Windows Maintenance Wizard optimizes your system on schedule. 3. 4. 5. Click the desired time (when you normally have your computer on but are not using it) and click Next. The Wizard displays a list of optimization activities it performs at the scheduled time. To have the Wizard perform these activities now, choose When I Click Finish Perform Each Scheduled Task for the First Time. Click the Finish button. Be sure to leave your computer on at the scheduled time so that Win- dows can perform the optimization activities at the scheduled times. Making Windows Start Faster Windows is a slow starter even on a quick machine. If you have some power saving features on your computer you can make Windows start a lot faster. Instead of turning your PC off and on, use the Power Management or Power Options icon in the Control Panel to have Windows put your PC in standby mode when you're not using it. You can quickly restart by pressing the Shift key or rolling the mouse around. When the computer wakes up it displays any Windows that were open before it entered standby mode, so you can immediately resume working. To check and adjust the Windows power management settings, take the following steps: