Solved Remove unticked items in Windows 7 msconfig startup tab

May 11, 2014 at 17:55:28
Specs: Windows 7
Over time I have unchecked programs in the startup tab of the msconfig program. The list of unchecked entries is getting long. How do I remove the entries altogether.

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May 12, 2014 at 08:17:51
CCleaner will do it. Just go to Tools > Startup & you'll see the entire startup list. You'll have the option to either disable or delete the entries.

EDIT: forgot the link - get the Slim version:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

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#1
May 11, 2014 at 18:56:40
Where possible uninstall the programs from "Control Panel > Programs and Features".

Some programs have facilities to prevent startup within their own control panels, which will top them appearing in msconfig.

The rest of the msconfig startup entries can be deleted from various Run places in the registry but unless you are familiar with this area it is best to leave well alone - they are doing no harm.

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#2
May 11, 2014 at 22:42:29
You could use a program such as Autoruns and delete the entries, but you want to be careful not to delete something you need. I usually "check hide microsoft entries, you have to refresh it once you do that. Easy to use, but don't delete anything you are unsure of.

http://filehippo.com/download_autoruns

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#3
May 12, 2014 at 07:13:52
HopperRox

Just wondering, does Autoruns actually delete the entries permanently from the system or does it just mean they are unchecked in that program instead? Happy to be educated on this.

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#4
May 12, 2014 at 08:17:51
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CCleaner will do it. Just go to Tools > Startup & you'll see the entire startup list. You'll have the option to either disable or delete the entries.

EDIT: forgot the link - get the Slim version:

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner/bu...

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#5
May 12, 2014 at 08:30:01
Autoruns will let you delete the entries as well as uncheck them Derek.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#6
May 12, 2014 at 09:10:37
Thanks HopperRox - seems like a good solution, without the risks associated with registry hacks. Alternatively CCleaner as given in #4.

Best first uninstall programs, or prevent startup from their own facilities, if at all possible. Autoruns or CCleaner can do the rest it seems.

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#7
May 12, 2014 at 11:49:20
These items generally remain in the startup list if they are unchecked when you uninstall the program that is associated with them. I too use ccleaner to remove them if I forget to recheck the startup items before removing the program that they belong to.

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#8
May 12, 2014 at 11:58:11
Re #7

Yes, I've noticed that too. Very easy to forget to check them again before uninstall.

It's also quite easy to duplicate checked and unchecked items, although usually easy to remedy. To some extent it is because msconfig is intended for diagnostics rather than permanent disables - although we all do it.

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#9
May 12, 2014 at 14:07:06
How to deal with startup processes – do not use MSconfig
Why you should not be using MSconfig to control startups!!
http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showth...

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#10
May 12, 2014 at 14:37:56
More here.

Optimize Windows for better performance
Limit how many programs run at startup
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/...


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#11
May 12, 2014 at 15:08:51
As an aside, it seems that MS view Windows 8 "Task Manager > Startup" in a rather different light than "msconfig > startup" in previous operating systems.

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#12
May 12, 2014 at 15:12:32
"in a rather different light than"
I noticed that as well Derek.

Using System Configuration (msconfig) Windows 8.1/Windows RT 8.1
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-au/...


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#13
May 30, 2014 at 08:30:36
Thank you to everyone. I used CCleaner. Not sure if performance is improved, but at least I don't have to see a cluttered startup. The most important thing I learned is how to use/not use msconfig.

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#14
May 30, 2014 at 10:45:23
With modern high speed hardware the benefits of removing start-up items are not so noticeable as they were in the old days - unless you have a rogue in there.

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#15
May 30, 2014 at 13:02:59
Thanks. I will keep this in mind when I make future changes.

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#16
May 30, 2014 at 13:04:28
So many good suggestions. I wish I could check more than one "Best Answer"

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