Start-up items

By jardinier ·
I have software PowerSuite Wincare 2010 by Spotmau. It allows me to disable many applications at start-up. So I've got that sorted out without any problems.

But in MSCONFIG there are many items checked in WIN.INI which are recognizable applications. Is it OK to uncheck the items that I recognize? Are there any items in WIN.INI or Startup that are essential and must not be unchecked?

Running the various procedures in PowerSuite Wincare reduced the boot-up time in one computer (which is top heavy with applications) from 10 minutes to 3.5 minutes. I would like to improve on this without mucking up the system.

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Actual mileage may vary

by robo_dev In reply to Start-up items

I've never seen any damage that cannot be undone with respect to startup programs. The worst case would be that you would need to reinstall an application.

It's rare that a Windows application would use win.ini, that is a holdover from Windows 3.0.

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by jardinier In reply to Actual mileage may vary

I was surprised to find this myself as the computer is running XP with SP 2. I know how to deal with win.ini on a 3.1 machine -- just type "rem" or insert a semicolon before the command line which will block it. Then it is easy to tell if it is necessary.

As for start-up items, some are installed applications so I am not worried about those. But some I presume are connected with the Windows OS and I would be wary of unchecking anything that I did not recognize as an installed program.

So I will keep the question open as someone may be able to tell me which ones are essential.

Quite some time ago, an AOL techie was able to tell me which ones it was safe to uncheck, so it must be easy enough to know this information.

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Probably helps

by AnsuGisalas In reply to win.ini

if one knows what they are.
But you can always do it the safe way. Uncheck one, reboot, check the functionality of said application and check if it's reappeared in win.ini. If it's gone and still works you can leave it out.

You can always make a backup of win.ini before you start. Be sure to label it well (like, put it in a zipped folder with a long descriptive name). Then if you encounter problems weeks or months down the line, you'll be able to go back.

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Start Up Items

by PuterGuy07 In reply to Start-up items

Most programs that load at Windows startup are not necessary, but rather are "helper" programs that either go out and automatically check for updates at predetermined intervals, or "listen" or wait for certain events to happen in order to spring to life. What they don't tell you is that a majority of these programs will load automatically if you start the dependent program, and usually won't take any longer than if they were loaded at startup.

These programs slow windows down tremendously because they go out and check for updates every single time Windows boots. I put all of them into batch files and execute the batch files using Windows task scheduler about once a month during a lunch hour or some other off time.

I also turn off Windows disk indexing if it is an XP system. This doesn't really work as intended in XP, and causes needless disk activity which slows things to a crawl in XP. They seemed to have fixed it in Windows 7. Hope that helps you.

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Yes it helps a lot

by jardinier In reply to Start Up Items

but I do not understand about batch files.

And where do I find disk indexing?

In Control Panel under "Scheduled tasks" there are a few items which seem unnecessary.

GoogleUpdate TaskMachineCore: Multiple Schedule at user log on.

GoogleUpdate TaskMachine UA: Every 1 hour.

WGA Setup: Run at user log on.

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Don't need

by Kenone In reply to Yes it helps a lot

To turn off disk indexing open "My Computer" right click on the drive, click "Properties", at the bottom of that screen you can disable indexing for that drive. If you turn it off on all the drives you can shut down the indexing service in "Services"
You don't need any of those things in Scheduled tasks. If the Windows Genuine Advantage puts itself back google WGA Setup and follow those instructions for getting rid of it, can be a problem.
As for win.ini I wouldn't touch anything that says "extensions" or "Intel". Fonts? that's up to you, what do you use the machine for? If you use a bunch of fonts you might want to go into the "Fonts" directory and thin out the herd.

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