There is a small program called StartupCPL .
When installed it puts an icon in the Control Panel named Startup.
It will list most installed programs .
You can stop programs from starting with Windows by taking the checkmark out of the box next to it.
Of course you can't stop everything that is listed [sound, video drivers] .
If you do stop something & have a problem you can always put the checkmark back in the box for it.
The programs you stop will still work when you manually launch them though.
I have been using StartupCPL a long time !
[You have to restart the unit for the changes to work.]
Get it here.http://majorgeeks.com/Startup_CPL_d619.html
There are also some services that can be stopped in Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Services.
Fo what6's on the list I usually disable Error Reporting Service & the Task Scheduler.
I set Help & Support to Manual .
Here is a list [use your own judgement],
1. Disable Unnecessary Services
Because Windows XP has to be all things to all people it has many services running that take up system resources that you will never need. Below is a list of services that can be disabled on most machines:
• Computer Browser
• Distributed Link Tracking Client
• Fast User Switching
• Help and Support - (If you use Windows Help and Support leave this enabled)
• Human Interface Access Devices
• Indexing Service
• IPSEC Services
• Netmeeting Remote Desktop Sharing (disabled for extra security)
• Portable Media Serial Number
• Remote Desktop Help Session Manager (disabled for extra security)
• Remote Procedure Call Locator
• Remote Registry (disabled for extra security)
• Remote Registry Service
• Secondary Logon
• Routing & Remote Access (disabled for extra security)
• SSDP Discovery Service - (Unplug n' Pray will disable this)
• Upload Manager
• Wireless Zero Configuration (Do not disable if you use a wireless network)
To disable these services:
Doubleclick on the service you want to change
You can also gain a little performance by going to the Control Panel,
Double click the System icon
When the box opens click on the Advanced tab
Where it says Performance click Settings
Put a dot in the circle by Adjust for best performance
The task bar will change colors, that's OK, We'll fix it.
Close out to the desktop
Right click the desktop anywhere there isn't a icon
On the menu click Properties
When the box opens click the Appearance tab
Where it says Windows and buttons use the3 drop down menu to put Windows XP style in the box
You should be good to go.
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