(System Configuration Utility) is a troubleshooting utility
used to diagnose and fix system configuration issues. In the Summary
section Microsoft says "The System Configuration utility helps you find problems with your Windows configuration. It does not manage the programs that run when Windows starts.
Although it works as a basic startup manager, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable auto-start programs
. It is a temporary solution and not a good practice for the following reasons:
You should not use msconfig to disable startup applications related to services.
- When uninstalling programs while disabled with msconfig, they may not be uninstalled properly and manually editing the registry will be required to remove everything.
- Msconfig will often leave orphaned entries when software is uninstalled. When used to switch back to normal startup mode, these orphan entries can result in boot up errors.
- Msconfig only allows you to disable entries. To completely remove an entry from its' list you have to edit the registry, or use a third-party tool like Msconfig Cleanup Utility or a startup manager.
- Msconfig allows malware related items to hide in your registry which you may not see or affect your computer until switched back to normal startup mode. This could then result in reinfection of the computer.
- Msconfig does not list all applications loaded in all possible startup locations (some entry points are hidden and unknown to the user).
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
. Changing the default settings for services can be risky and might prevent key services from running correctly. Only change the status of a service if it is necessary.
You should only disable services using the Services Management Console
) where you cannot disable services that may be vital to boot your system.
A better alternative is to use a startup manager
and remove the registry reference to those oddly named files completely.
To do that you can download Autoruns
, search for the related entry and then delete it.
- Create a new folder on your hard drive called AutoRuns (C:\AutoRuns) and extract (unzip) the file there.
Vista/Windows 7 users refer to these instructions.
- Open the folder and double-click on autoruns.exe to launch it.
Vista/Windows 7 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.
- Please be patient as it scans and populates the entries.
- When done scanning, it will say Ready at the bottom.
- Scroll through the list and look for a startup entry related to the file(s) in the error message.
- If found, right-click on the entry and choose delete.
- Reboot your computer and see if the startup error returns.
If you're going to keep and use Autoruns, be sure to read: