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#1 nu2this


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Posted 13 September 2007 - 06:37 PM

Hi there,

I have been reading about unchecking different programs that start up automaticaly and don't want to mess my computer up by unticking the wrong thing. I am trying to eliminate as many non required programs as I can. I have an HP computer and have been told that HP really loads them up with items I don't really need.

When I view the logon tab I see at the top of the screen an entry that begins with ;
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Under that line are items that have a green check mark next to them. If, after looking up the item in the startup list, I determine that I don't want this to start am I safe in unchecking it?

Is the best way to uncheck items one at a time, then check to see what happens, or can you check many at once?

Is there ever a time when the entire heading that begins with HKLM should be unchecked?

I know these must seem like basic questions but I am not very computer literate and don't wish to foul up my computer.

Thanks for any help.

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 06:56 PM

Hi nu2this

You definitely have the right attitude to your computer which should keep you fairly safe.

If you undo items one at a time and then have a problem, you have more of an idea what may have caused it so it is easy to fix.
You may get away with unchecking the whole lot if you know exactly what each item is, but I wouldn't really recommend that.

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Posted 13 September 2007 - 07:28 PM

Check these sites out and if you can't find what you need than try Google to find what it is and doing.



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Posted 14 September 2007 - 12:13 PM

You can also go to the top of this page and click on the startup list tab. It will explain a lot of items
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Posted 15 September 2007 - 12:13 PM

HKLM settings are a bit more "critical" than HKCU settings. HKLM affects the entire machine, where HKCU affects the current user. That being said, it depends on what's loading - a program such as Microsoft Office isn't as critical as video drivers would be.

So, it all boils down to "what's loading" - research that to determine if you need it. If you disable something that's needed in HKLM it'll affect anyone who logs into the system (which ain't good!) - whereas if it's in the HKCU it'll only affect the currently logged on user (when you log off, your profile is saved in HKU - when you log back on, your profile is loaded back into the HKCU keys.

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Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:46 AM

Thanks everyone,

I have been able to reduce the running background programs down to 41. This still seems to be a lot to me though. The game still runs slow. Perhaps I do need a new video card after all.

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