About some startup items ...

January 10, 2017 at 14:29:45
Specs: several
Windows 10 Home on a new HP notebook.

Task Manager lists 3 items on the Startup tab:

Name                      Publisher              Status    Startup impact
HP Radio Manager          HP                     Enabled   Medium
Power Media Player        CyberLink Corp.        Disabled  High
Realtek HD Audio Manager  Realtek Semiconductor  Enabled   High


I think I disabled the Power Media Player myself, though I'm not
sure it was the CyberLink service that I know I disabled in Services,
or if it was something else. When I need it, I'll re-enable the service.

My question is, since that thing is 'Disabled', is it actually being
loaded at startup, or not? Does being marked 'Disabled' mean that
it is loaded at startup but not run? Or what? I'm a little bit curious
because it is also marked as having a "High" impact on startup.

Any idea what "Medium" and "High" impact mean in this context?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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#1
January 10, 2017 at 15:39:52
If it is disabled in startup it should no longer load at startup. Is it still showing as High after restarting the computer?

Task Manager is a better place to disable startup items than Services if possible, if for no other reason than it is easy to see at a later date what you did. I thought I warned about this aspect of disabling services in another post and also about keeping records if you do so. "I disabled in Services, or if it was something else" won't mean much a bit further down the line unless your memory is a lot better than mine.

Usually if you re-enable an item on the next boot it will say "not measured" or words to that effect. On subsequent boots it shows its impact again

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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January 10, 2017 at 19:13:26
You certainly like to poke around. There's likely a ton of HP crapware & useless Win10 apps installed. Use CCleaner to filter them out. Click on Tools > Startup. You'll get a much better idea of the programs & can then enable/disable or delete what you don't want. If you don't recognize something, Google it. I would keep the Realtek audio enabled...I think that one's fairly obvious, HP Radio is for the wireless, Power Media should be disabled. The less you have loading at startup, the better. You can always start the program manually if you need it.

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#3
January 10, 2017 at 20:05:52
> If it is disabled in startup it should no longer load at startup.
> Is it still showing as High after restarting the computer?

It has been many days since I disabled that service, during
which I shut down and restarted the computer many times
before today noticing the entry in Task Manager. However
it is possible that I disabled something else just a few days
ago, which might be why this thing says it is disabled. If I
did disable something else, it must have been something I
wasn't concerned about keeping track of, because I'm
keeping track of all major changes. I quit keeping track of
changes in Internet Options and in Firefox about:config, for
example, but record all uninstalls and changes to services
and tasks.

> Task Manager is a better place to disable startup items than
> Services if possible, if for no other reason than it is easy to see
> at a later date what you did.

I don't have much experience with Task Manager, and don't really
know what it is for. I dug into the Services thingy pretty extensively
in Windows 7, and the Windows 10 version is essentially identical.
I used Black Viper's info extensively for both.

> Usually if you re-enable an item on the next boot it will say
> "not measured" or words to that effect. On subsequent boots it
> shows its impact again

I lied when I said there were three items listed. There were four.
I didn't think it worth mentioning. A program I installed yesterday,
after you suggested it. TinyWall. It shows as Not measured. I've
re-booted at least twice since then. I figure that the measurement
process last took place some time before that install, and unless
I also unwittingly disabled whatever does the measurement, it
would eventually get measured too.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#4
January 11, 2017 at 08:56:34
You asked what Medium and High impact meant. This should help:
http://winaero.com/blog/how-the-win...

My reference to using Task Manager was simply in the Startup tab. I accept what you can do there is limited but at least it is quite safe and the situation is obvious at a later date. Task Manager Startup is used in the same way as msconfig used to be, except that it is now much more of a user feature than for geeks. It was accessible in the past by using Control-Alt-Del but in Windows 10 it is a right click item on the taskbar.

I don't know why that Power Media Player is showing High impact when it is disabled. At odd times I have found Windows has to be "told things twice" (you might have noticed this yourself over the years). So you could try enabling it from Task Manager, restarting the computer, disabling it again and restarting.

It is strange that TinyWall is still not measured. Usually it shows High impact but I recall there was an explanation for this on their website somewhere which showed that it simply the way it is reported and there is nothing to be alarmed about. I assume it is working.

EDIT:
If you've already read this post, read it again because I have edited it quite a bit.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#5
January 26, 2017 at 04:18:55
If you disable it, it won't be loaded.

Also just disable everything you don't need, for example i don't think you use HP Radio Manager

It might save you a second of waiting at startup :)

As for medium and high impact, check the link by Derek in the post above mine

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#6
January 26, 2017 at 18:18:42
Note, the post is over 2 weeks old, the poster is probably no longer monitoring it.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#7
January 26, 2017 at 21:00:46
Of course I am.

The reason I asked about changing the order of threads listed
on the front page of the forum was so that I would see updates
to older threads, like this.

I was interrupted in work on the new computer a few days after
Derek's post, and haven't got back to it yet, distracted by other
things, including a nut with sociopathic personality disorder.

I think the HP Radio Manager enables the "Airplane mode" key
on the keyboard. It seems like something I might use.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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