Thursday, June 11, 2009


Disable Extra Startup Programs In Windows

Having too many programs run at startup can slow down the time it takes to log on or restart your computer. It also can be a pain to have 30 different icons in your task bar. Here, I will show you how to remove the items from Windows Startup.

There are certain programs that Windows will start every time you boot up your system, and during the startup phase, they're all competing for a slice of your CPU speed. Extra or unwanted items in the startup list will definitely increase your startup time, perhaps by several minutes. Some common examples are things related to AOL, RealPlayer, Napster, instant messengers, and video managers.

If you're not sure about an item, no big deal. You can turn it off, restart your PC, and see if everything seems to work. If not, you can always go back and re-enable an item in the Startup list. This tip alone should speed up your start-up by 250%. Here are is what you have to do:
1. Go to Start button -> Run or Press (Windows Key Along With 'R')

2. Type "msconfig", without quotations
3. Hit enter key or click the OK button
4. A System Configuration Utility window will show up
5. Click the Startup tab
6. In the Startup tab you will see several boxes and some of them will selected (checked). All you have to do is to uncheck extra items that are of no use. If you run an antivirus program it is not recommended to uncheck it.
7. After making you choices press the OK button, you will be prompted to restart computer to apply changes.
8. After restarting your computer a dialogue will be displayed.

You can check the option for not showing this dialogue every time your PC reboots.

Also Read: Start Windows In Less Time | Load Windows Faster  

The Return of MSConfig.exe In Windows 7:
In Vista, the easy way to Disable unwanted startup programs was through Windows Defender. Just go to the Tools menu and choose Software Explorer. 

And Now, msconfig option is back in Windows 7, at least in the RC. Open the Start menu and type "msconfig" then press Enter. Our good old friend the System Configuration menu will pop up, and the Startup tab can be of great help in preventing unwanted applications, background services, and tools from running every time you boot up.

Disclaimer: Always try to disable the startup or task bar icons from the menu options on the programs first. After that remove the program from the startup folder on the Start Menu If that doesn’t work, then you can try to remove them using msconfig.


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February 27, 2010 at 4:57 PM delete

Awesome, thanks :D