Solved How to delete Startup Processes?

Dell Dimension E310
March 15, 2008 at 12:35:45
Specs: XP Media Center Edition S, 2.8GHz / 1GB

My pc has 64 processes running all the time and sometimes more. I know that some are necessary but can I edit the startup list so that only the most important run automatically? I think my memory is getting eaten up with all these processes - HELP!!!

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March 15, 2008 at 13:13:55
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Go to start>Run>type msconfig and click OK, Go to start up tab uncheck all and click of then restart. Any thing that is needed to make windows run will automaticly add it's self again.
Hope it helps.

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March 15, 2008 at 13:13:58

Run MSCONFIG...instructions are here:

You could also download & install CCleaner. Use the Cleaner regularly to keep garbage from accumulating on your system. There's also a Registry Scan that should be used occasionally. But for the startup files, click on TOOLS, then STARTUP & you can delete what you don't want on the list.

If you do decide to try CCleaner, do NOT allow Yahoo! Toolbar to install.

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March 15, 2008 at 13:17:26

Go to Start/Run and type msconfig and hit enter.

Select startup and uncheck the processes you don't want, ie. nerocheck, justsched, messenger etc.

You can start your programs manually whenever you want but this will stop them from starting at bootup. Don't turn off programs associated with your antivirus or firewall if you have one.

I hope this helps you.


LOL, I guess we were all answering at the same time.


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March 15, 2008 at 13:36:46

chris, what if he unchecks his anti-virus & firewall?


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March 15, 2008 at 14:25:12

Thanks for all the help - I ran msconfig per instructions, leaving spysweeper, mcafee and dell processes intact - trimmed from 64 to 49 processes and everything seems to work fine - thanks much.

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March 15, 2008 at 15:26:15

Apparently Autoruns, from Sysinternals, is not known on this list. I wouldn't use, nor recommend, anything else for this job and the other utilities in the suite are all very useful tools. All for free, no less!

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March 15, 2008 at 15:48:08

"dell processes intact"

Which Dell processes? I'd be willing to bet you can disable them too.

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March 15, 2008 at 17:41:13

Thanks Cuffy - jam, there are 4 or 5 Dell processes shown. A couple are part of the All in One printer/scanner/fax machine and one or two are for the Dell automatic pc update feature. I was thinking if I unchecked them, I'd lose functionality with the printer and pc updates?

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March 15, 2008 at 22:42:30

I've lost track here but if you installed Autoruns and have any questions about deleting, unticking, etc. the Autoruns Forum is the place to ask.....

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March 16, 2008 at 04:50:21

I don't think unchecking the items that are related to the printer will make it non-functional, you could just uncheck them and find out. As for dell updates, what possible updates could they have, drivers? I would uncheck it.


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March 16, 2008 at 05:47:57

Thanks again - appreciate the advice. Will comment again later when I perform next efforts.

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