Right after you logon to your computer, have you ever just wished you could pause everything else that seems to be going on, just for 10 seconds so you could fire up your internet browser and start surfing the web before your computer chugs along for an extra 5 minutes – sometimes completely unresponsive – while it tries to load up everything else all at once?
Or maybe you just want a way to control the order and delay for your startup programs. A company by the name of r2 Studios has the solution.
Startup Delayer takes a graceful approach at solving this problem by providing an interface that allows you to set startup delays for individual programs so you can customize your startup experience. There’s not much to it, you just double click one of the Programs, enter a Delay in hours/minutes/seconds, enter any other options you wish, and click OK. Now that program will delay for however many hours/minutes/seconds you told it to before starting up! The key here is to have programs startup at different times, in the order that you wish, so that each one has ample time to startup without fighting or hogging system resources and slowing everything down.
“That’s all great, but I don’t know what half of these programs do!”
This is where a little bit of research comes in handy – you can just search for the program on Google.com, click one of the first links that comes up, and you should get a pretty detailed description of what the program is actually for. Then you can determine how long to delay it’s startup. I like to set software updater programs on a longer delay time, such as the Java updater which loves to popup constantly, because I don’t necessarily need it checking for updates as soon as I logon. Why slow my computer down even more by having to check for updates when I am just trying to logon and use the darn thing for a little while. Java updater gets a 15 to 20 minute delay and kick in the keister!
Why does this help so much?
The problem with Windows XP is that it does not optimize your startup experience. Basically, whatever programs decide to run at startup are allowed to, whether you want them or even need them to.
As an example, my computer has 19 startup programs, 6 of which are completely unnecessary (you can uncheck the unnecessary ones in Startup Delayer). When I logon to my computer, all those programs try to startup at the same time with complete disregard to anything else currently going on – taking hostage of my computer when I just want to use the damn thing! This example is common for a computer less than a year old. Imagine trying to startup your favorite computer game or art software 19 times all at once; how long is it going to take? Sorry guys, you are not the one and only Highlander. It is time to chill out and wait your turn…