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Prevent program startups if running on battery?

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#1 indolence


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Posted 22 March 2011 - 03:55 AM

Is there a way in Windows 7 to have some programs run on startup, and some not based on if you are connected to an outlet or using a battery? For example, when I am running on battery for the day, I want to conserve battery life so it would be convenient to have only the bare essentials startup that are necessary for the laptop to work normally.

A couple of years ago, I used a program that delayed startup applications but I am looking for a way to have different options based on battery or outlet use, Like how the Power Options allows a a few different tweaks based on battery or being plugged in.

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 04:40 PM

Many programs don't need to run at startup they can be started manually. Look in msconfig and uncheck the un-needed startup programs. Also, look in Services, and set those you don't need to 'manual'.

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Posted 23 March 2011 - 10:07 AM

Rather than use msconfig to manage startups (which it is not designed for), I suggest using a bona fide startup manager.

Examples include:

Starter (for Startups) - http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/System-Tweak/Starter.shtml

Startup Control Panel - http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

AutoRuns for Windows - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx


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