Stop programmes running at startup

January 4, 2009 at 07:03:23
Specs: Win XP Home, Pentium 4 and 1.5gb

Compliments of the season to everybody. How do I stop a program from running at start-up? Thanx in advance.

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January 4, 2009 at 07:10:03

You can do Start, then RUN, then type
Then uncheck items in the Startup tab.

None are needed for normal operation of the computer, as you can look at Task Manager while you are in the Windows Safe-Mode

To find out what each Startup(or Process) item
does or means, and any recommendation as to if you should close the process:
Task List Programs
The Process Library

Programs can run from three places at startup:
1.The Startup groups
(Startup folders or msconfig Startup tab)
2.The "run=" and "load="
lines in the Win.ini file.
3.The Run and RunOnce lines in the registry
(Lots of those)
A Definition of the Run Keys in the Windows XP Registry

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January 4, 2009 at 09:36:06

A very easy way it so download AUTORUNS from microsoft/systernals.

It also helps you find all sorts of virus and spyware issues if you understand it.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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February 11, 2009 at 18:13:39

You can try this option if you don,t have to much knowledge about msconfig. This sometimes will get you more confuse than before!

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February 11, 2009 at 18:35:14

Excess CPU usage is due to too many programs running in the background. You can cut these to barebones by alter your msconfig. Here is how:

1. Open your Start menu.
2. Click Run
3. In the command screen type "msconfig.exe"
4. In the "system configuration utility",click either "service" or "startup" tab
5. Uncheck all programs that your are no longer using.
6. Click "OK"

Hope this helps!


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February 13, 2009 at 09:19:58

Another option would be to go into the Registry (Start, Run, regedit) and under HKEY_CURRENT_USER click on the folders Software, Microsoft, Windows, and Run and delete the keys of the programs you don't want coming up

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February 13, 2009 at 14:08:12

Thank you to all of you. I will follow the advice given and will report back. Highly appreciated

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February 14, 2009 at 07:35:31

Use system configuration utility provided in windows to control all your startup programs. Find some more info
Or if you want some dll control visit the following link

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February 14, 2009 at 22:15:26

Thanx rakeshb03 I will try that one too.

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February 15, 2009 at 14:08:22

The hard part of thinning out the number of programs that run at boot time isn't turning them off, it's finding out which ones that you can turn off. I wouldn't go into the registry to do this, use either msconfig or the utility from SysInternals (now owned by Microsoft) to do this. It is very dangerous to make a mistake while editing things directly in the registry.

Be careful that you understand exactly what each startup program that you turn off does. Some are very important to the stability of your system, like antivirus, apps that are needed by system devices, and so on. Some are not, they simply allow a program that you may not use very much start up faster when you do use it, or are constantly checking for updates for installed programs that you'd rather check for yourself when you want to. Or they may even be some spyware/malware that shouldn't be there at all.

But be careful which startup programs that you turn off.


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