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Removing background programs

By e.parisella ·
If you are using software such as Cubase VST, you obviously increase the performance by removing background software via Ctrl+alt+ Delete. Is it possible to, as it were, take a snapshot of your computer with the unessential programs not running to save you having to systematically remove them all one by one; which is a real pain.
Many thanks
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by rawright In reply to Removing background progr ...

I don't know of a way to take such a snapshot and have it apply, but wouldn't it better to stop these programs from starting in the first place?

If you run Sysedit.exe, you can look at all the system files and remove any lines that load these unwanted programs. Use a semicolon ( as the first character of the line in any .ini file, and REM at the beginning of any line in Config.sys or Autoexec.bat to comment out these commands.

If you're really brave, run Regedit.exe, navigate to HKEYLocalMachine/Software/Microsoft/Windows/ and search for entries in the CurrentVersion keys under Run, RunEx, RunServices, etc. If you locate keys that activate the unwanted programs there, delete the data in them that references the specific program you want to block. As always when spelunking in the Registry, you run the risk of destroying your computer, so be sure to back up the Registry files before you start, and make a fresh boot/Recovery disk to get you back online in case of disaster!

A good rule to follow when doing this kind of surgery is to make only one change at a time, then reboot. If it looks like you got away with it, go make another and repeat. It's tedious, but much safer.

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by e.parisella In reply to Removing background progr ...

Too technical and dangerous

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by pschuvie In reply to Removing background progr ...

Well lets see there always is much discussion on this topic, some which i have previously participated in

In any case, if your looking for a sharp little utility to help do this on a as needed basis then the program is EndItAll and is available from ZDNet downloads, www.zdnet.com/downloads and search enditall. I heard about it, tried it and it is very handy. Also has a very good install and uninstall in case you don't want to keep it on your system. OH and did I mention it is FREE!
And if you want to see a prior discussion on this subject try
http://www.techrepublic.com/forumqa/thread_detail.jhtml?thread_id=33795

Hope this helps

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by e.parisella In reply to Removing background progr ...

Decided on using config

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by Ian Mclaws In reply to Removing background progr ...

If you are running 98, try running msconfig from the run box. Much safer than sysedit, easier to use. Go to the advanced tab to configure startup programs.

Ian

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by e.parisella In reply to Removing background progr ...

straightforward

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by joescalia In reply to Removing background progr ...

How about just buying software such as Norton CleanSweep or other related software.
It is much better to use these types of software. Less headaches...try it. I have and it works...

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by tonkoch In reply to Removing background progr ...

MSCONFIG worked for me. I have been following your question and the answer by Ian Mclaws to your question was really easy and did the trick for me. I was able to boost my system resources from the low seventies to the high eighties and stabalize apersistent memory leak. Thanks for the tip Ian

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