Because several readers reveal their computer reacting slowly, I’m publishing a summary record of general steps you can take to resolve the 0x80040106issue, and briefly discussing the three most common causes : malware, uncontrolled applications, and insufficient maintenance.
Perhaps the greatest contributor to a poorly performing computer is malware.
Stage 1. Update the definitions of your anti-virus and run a complete scan of your drive in Safe Mode. Solve any unfixable problems. Note that some viruses require extra steps until they may be removed; generally a websearch will locate specific directions or a special removal tool. Use the BC forums to obtain assistance, if you fail to find a solution.
Step Two. You have recently saved an application, and if the sluggishness is sudden, the problem might live there. Check this by completely eliminating it. A wise user will usually perform a internet search about the application before downloading it because in most cases, any potential issue with malware or poor performance will have appeared.
Action 3. Adware and Spyware can radically impact your personal computer’s performance, and these are all over the Web.
Experienced users will routinely run two or three of the applications, because each company has its own criteria for what constitutes spyware and will just search against their own set. (A set of very good, free anti spyware programs is given by BC). Again, solve any open issues before continuing to the next phase.
For additional reading about Malicious software and some malware removal applications, use BC’s Tutorial section; most of the applications have very great Help files that describe how they function also as the unique characteristics of each.
Stage 4. Evaluation applications that self-start on startup. You computer may become a battleground for your consideration. Many programs, for instance, install a rapid-launch feature that allows them to be exposed swiftly; other programs will comprise an automatic update feature that demands them to be operating in the background. Your launching Windows are slowed down by each of these and each requires a small bit of resources while your personal computer is running.
The easiest approach to review and than to manage start ups is to use one of the numerous little resources available (see the BC list of free apps). If, for example, you have Spybot Search and Destroy, you may use its startup tool that lists startups and lets you to turn off any you usually do not want. If you are unsure about what could be safely removed, remember that Bc maintains a very complete Startup Database that includes info about whether the questioned item is required, elective, or not needed.
At the same time, remember that those symbols on your own Desktop also take a small amount of boot time to put themselves.
Absence of Upkeep
Stage 5. Cleanup your hard drive (preparation for Stage 7). Delete unused applications and exchange old files to your CD. Unplayed games, tons of family images, zipped files that you have already opened, applications you haven’t found in two years, software for that old printer you threw away last year—these are some examples of files you can delete.
(Note for high level users: some specialists would comprise the added upkeep stage of cleaning the Windows registry, and you will find several apps to assist do this. For the most part, registry maintenance won’t make a critical difference, and unless you are quite comfy with Windows, and carefully make backups of-the registry, you may do severe damage by making registry modifications, so this step is not included
Step 6. Have it repair 0x80040106.
Stage 7. Defragment your personal computer. Windows will put new documents in any available open space; defragging will set affiliated segments of files closer together so your read arm has less going around the hdd to do, saving wear and tear while racing up applications.
Hopefully, since you have have ended, you will see a noticeable improvement in computer functionality.