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Stopping Programs From Starting With Windows


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#1 fredg

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 08:30 AM

I have windows XP on my computer. I've loaded a lot of programs on my computer that either have a quick launch icon in the bottom right hand corner of the screen or open when windows is started. It seems to bog my computer down. How can I fix this problem?

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 08:58 AM

The easy way would be Start>Run>msconfig>Startup and simply uncheck the programs you don't to start when windows starts.

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 09:10 AM

Press and hold down the "Shift" key when booting will prevent those in your "Startups" folder from loading also.
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 11:17 AM

The easy way would be Start>Run>msconfig>Startup and simply uncheck the programs you don't to start when windows starts.


Another way would be to go into each application individually and go to tools/options and look for a 'launch/run at startup' option, and uncheck it.

BTW, fredg, I think you are referring to stuff that sits in your systray (RHS of taskbar) - the quick launch bar sits next to the start button (if you have it enabled).
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 12:09 PM

I had the same exact problem of too many programs loading at startup, slowing my system down. But, if you run Spybot ver. 1.4 (which you should be using on a regular basis anyway), go to Tools, then you will see a System Startup button. Click on that and every program will be listed that loads on startup. What I like even better, unlike msconfig, if you click on each program in System Startup menu, Spybot will give you a description of what program the command line is for, and whether or not you really need the program to run at startup. All you have to do is uncheck the box next to the command line, and the program will no longer load at startup. I personally used this to stop 12 programs from booting, and now my system flies. Spybot is in my opinion the best tool in helping you decide which programs to nix....Spybot is invaluable. Get it. Now.
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 12:25 PM

Another option is to use a good startup manager program like Starter.

Download Starter from: http://members.lycos.co.uk/codestuff/products_starter.html
Double-click starter.exe to run or extract the zipped version to its own folder.

Unlike other startup managers this one can also be used for investigative purposes and it always shows the disabled entries.
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 04:42 PM

Or, for those that don't actually know wjhat the programs listed in MSconfig mean, you can use Windows Startup Inspector

Run it and click on Consult. It will check its online database and tell you what you can safely remove from startup. You can then do this from within the program.

Oooh, so many choices?!?

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Posted 21 December 2005 - 06:18 PM

Starter is still available for download here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-...k/Starter.shtml
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Posted 21 December 2005 - 09:47 PM

I was a devoted user of Mike Lin's StartupCPL (available for free from here: http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

But recently I've found that SysInternal's Autoruns is much more to my liking (available for free from here: http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Autoruns.html )
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Posted 22 December 2005 - 08:10 PM

Also, type "sysedit" in the run dialog and that will open up all the startup scripts for editing. You can delete files listed for startup on boot in the config.sys and system.ini files
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