start up

By Flyb412 ·
Is anyone aware of an idiot-proof list, or other information, indicating what we need to have running on start up for the various applications we use? I'd really appreciate knowing what I DON'T need running!

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No such animal is possible

by Deadly Ernest In reply to start up

as it varies for each version of Windows and again with the Service Pack, and changes again with certain applications being loaded.

have fun. the best you can do is load your apps then examine everything and see what looks like it can safely be removed from the start up.

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Trial and error

by Jacky Howe In reply to start up

How to disable programs that run when you start Windows XP Home Edition or Windows Vista

Using the system configuration utility

Press the Winkey + r and type msconfig and press Enter.

To stop a program from running at start-up, go to the Startup tab in this utility, and uncheck the box next to the program. It can sometimes be difficult to understand what programs are listed on the Startup tab.

To get more information about a listing, expand the width of the Command column near the top of the Startup tab. Expand it enough and you'll see the start-up command that the program issues, including its location, such as C:\Program Files\Nero

The directory location should be another hint to help you know the name of the program.

When stopping programs from running at start-up, it's best to stop them one at a time rather than in groups. You want to make sure that you're not causing any system problems by stopping them. So stop one, then restart your PC. If it runs fine, then stop another and restart. Continue doing this until you've cleared all the programs you don't want to run automatically.

Each time you uncheck a box and restart your PC, you'll get a warning that you've used the System Configuration Utility to disable a program from starting automatically. If you don't want to see that warning, disable it by checking the box in the dialog itself.

After you've used the system configuration utility to identify programs that run on start-up, you may want to try disabling them from within the programs themselves. So run each program that starts automatically, and see if you can find a setting that allows you to prevent it from running on start-up.

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