tidying msconfig

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November 29, 2009 at 09:20:25
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.394 GHz / 1023 MB
I have a single one person PC, and limited memory. I have tidied the startup list, but am not sure with the 'services' list. How do I know what can safely be disabled?

Do I need, for instance, Remote access, Remote registry, Remote Procedure Calls, Network connections; Network Local Awareness; Network DDE. I use Firefox, can I safely disable Internet Explorer?

I have looked at the links for other threads to msconfig/start-up problems and not been able to identify anything relevant to my particular problems. Downloaded 'autorun' and 'Process Explorer' and got lost.

It is not a big list, but I have limited disc space - and it is very slow booting up.

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November 29, 2009 at 09:26:02
You are confusing memory with hard drive space. You have plenty of memory [1gig]
For your own protection stay out of msconfig and services.

You don't post the size of your drive.

to control disk space use disk cleanup and degrag off the accessories/system tools menu.

uninstall programs [add/remove programs in control panel] you don't use and delete their left over folders.

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November 29, 2009 at 22:39:41
Download & install CCleaner-slim. Run the Cleaner & the Registry scanner. Click on Tools > Startup & disable your startup entries there.

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November 30, 2009 at 08:09:41
Yes, I do these things regularly.
I just wondered what the items listed above actually do, and if they are necessary or whether I can disable them, or any others for my onePC, one user situation.

Don't worry I am fairly careful in msconfig and regedit which I try to keep tidy regularly.

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November 30, 2009 at 08:47:42
I find that there really aren't too many services that should be disabled that already aren't.

If you really want to disable any services I suggest that it be done with the services snap-in for mmc because you get a little more information and can opt to set the service to manual, automatic or disabled. Msconfig only allows enabling or disabling.

start > run > "services.msc"

Some services are essential to many things; hardware detection, printing, networking and windows update to mention a few.

Batch Variable how to

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November 30, 2009 at 08:49:35
I spend no time in msconfig or regedit for the purposes of "tiding". Even the recommendation of ccleaner should only be addressed to computer users versed in what ram and hard drive space are and how they relate to programs.

The only tiding you should be doing couderes is updating your spyware/malware/virus detectors, running disk cleanup and defrag. Couple times a year review your add/remove programs and delete those you are not using. You should have backups and restore points for recovery.

Doing otherwise will only get you into trouble.

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