Windows 7 Startup Detail

Want to follow a detailed example of what happens when Windows starts?

In this article you will find the following detail about Windows startup:

  • Descriptions of the major components.
  • Detailed sequences of activities for each process.
  • Example registry keys and values.

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Selecting an Encryption Method for Cloud Storage

It's likely that there is no one "perfect" method to encrypt data for transit and storage in the cloud. Not unless you fully trust SSL and the cloud storage service you are going to use. But you probably wouldn't be here if you trusted both of them. And all but one the methods I know of has a salient flaw. So the first step is to pick your poison.

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Explained- How to Customize and Use it

When Microsoft dropped the Start Menu from Windows 8, the chorus of protests was so loud that the company had to backtrack. In Windows 8.1 a very small beginning was made on reinstating the old favorite and now in Window 10 the Start Menu is back. However, it is still not the Start Menu we all were accustomed to. Since this feature is one that will be important to many people in deciding whether to upgrade, here are some details about what the new version of the Start Menu does and how to customize and use it.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You?

The intention of this article is to provide Windows users with some basic information about why and how they might choose to move to a Linux based operating system instead. 
In general, Windows users tend to stay with what is the most familiar computing environment, but many complain about it. 

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Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC

Do you have some favorite free applications and utilities that you wouldn’t do without? Most active PC users have a list of favorite programs and here is my selection. I put these on every new PC I get.

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Do we really need Windows registry cleaners?

In early 2012 I wrote this short article describing the impact of registry cleaning on Windows XP performance. I never published it because I was primarily settling the question for my own satisfaction. Secondly, I shelved it when I started working on a longer article that provides more detail on the scenarios. I never finished that other article so now I'm publishing this shorter article because it will still be useful to the many Windows XP users.

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Windows 7 Startup Components


This article supports the Windows 7 Startup article.

I have documented the Windows components that are important to the Windows 7 Startup article. This article contains three diagrams to describe the Windows environment created at startup:

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Windows 7 Startup

Want to know what happens when Windows starts?

This article is an overview of Windows startup with a flowchart and a couple of examples of the startup phases for immediate user logon and delayed user logon.

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Why You Have Less Space on Your Hard Drive Than You Thought

It’s a common question, “Why do I have less space on my hard drive than I thought?” Now that multi-terabyte drives are common, this question may not seem important to some but the increased use of SSDs and partitioned drives makes it very relevant. Here are some answers.

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