Which startup programs to stop in Vista

Hewlett-packard / Gx613aa-aba a6300f
January 5, 2010 at 11:42:27
Specs: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 GHz / 1916 MB
How do you identify what start programs you can stop to speed up computer?

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January 5, 2010 at 11:53:34
I like Startup Control by Mike Lin, but you can use the builtin "msconfig" application Microsoft provides with Windows.

To use "msconfig" open the "Run" Command on the Start menu and type msconfig in the Run box and hit Enter. You'll want to view the "Startup" tab.

I would recommend downloading "Startup Conrtol" though, it's a lot nicer to work with. Download and install it and once installed you can find the "Startup" applet in your Control Panel.

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January 5, 2010 at 12:06:22
Thanks, will the startup Control tell me which programs are necessary for startup? Using Windows Vista

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January 5, 2010 at 12:18:00
No it will not. You have to determine it on your own.


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January 5, 2010 at 12:25:58
Any advice on which programs are necessary?

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January 5, 2010 at 14:04:17

Now that's the $64,000 question.....

Things I can think of off the top of my head that I leave running:

- antivirus
- Java
- Sound related items

Things I kill:
- msn messenger
- that search/indexing tool
- Anything that programs I install want to have run all the time that I don't want running automatically
(ie: itunes, DVD burner software things like that)
- Adobe anything (I'll update it manually tyvm)

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January 5, 2010 at 14:23:09
Also things like
Any kind of Toolbars like Google, Yahoo a.s.o., because such Toolbars are always a security risk.
Everyone has it and noone knows what they're doing in the background.

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