is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose and fix system configuration issues. Although it works as a basic startup manager, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable auto-start programs
. Further, msconfig does not list all applications loaded in all possible startup locations (some entry points are hidden and unknown to the user) and does not allow the complete removal of disabled entries from its list. You should not use msconfig to disable startup applications related to a running service.
Doing so alters the registry and there are services that are essential for hardware and booting your system. When you uncheck a service in msconfig, you completely disable it. If you uncheck the wrong one, you may not be able to restart your computer
. You should only disable services using Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services.
A better alternative is to use a startup manager
. If you have Spybot S&D 1.5
installed, launch it, go to Mode
and select Advanced
. Then go to Tools
, select System Startups
. You will be provided with a list of programs that load when Windows starts. If you untick an entry it will no longer run at startup.
Other startup managers you can download and use for free are Startup Control Panel
or Starter by CodeStuff
Any particular reason you want to do this?