Slow computer (Pt. 5) – Quicktime

25 07 2007

Many of you don’t realize this but everytime you update (or install) Quicktime movie player, it will slow down your computer. There are other applications which do the same but time and again, there’s nothing else legit out there that is quite as boggy as Quicktime. This does not include things like Limewire or other Peer-to-Peer stuff. You’d think Apple’s Quicktime would be something good for your PC but in reality, it’s a better Mac product. Fortunately for the masses of PC users everywhere, this simple ninja trick will ease your slow computer woes.

The first thing you’ll notice after installing/updating Quicktime is that you’ll find a small Q icon on the bottom of your Windows tray (taskbar). What is that icon? Of course, that’s Quicktime and it’s trying to allow itself to load part of it’s software when you turn on your computer. In reality, you don’t always need QT for videos. On a Windows machine, you have Windows Media Player and WinDVD which are terrific programs to view movies, and the better VLC media player if you’ve done some research.

So HOW do you get rid of that icon from loading when Windows boots up? Before we go any further, once you go through these steps, you’ll be cursing at yourself for not being able to do that yourself.

1. Right-click on the Quicktime icon on your Windows tray.
2. Click on the 3rd link from the top in the menu should say Quicktime Preferences.
3. Click on the final tab in the pop-up window called Advanced.
4. The last option there says Tray Icon, uncheck it, and hit APPLY/OK.

If you’ve been following my posts, you should know how to get to the Registry Editor and edit start-ups on Pt 4 of this series.

5. Go to the Local Machine section and all the way down to Run where you will need to delete the Quicktime Task line on the right-column by right-clicking and selecting delete.

Note: Check your Start-Up folder by clicking on Start > All Programs > Startup and making sure there is no mention of Quicktime.

6. Reboot your computer and bow down to the ninja.


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