Solved several programs running at Windows 7 startup

October 3, 2013 at 05:05:20
Specs: Windows 7
im trouble shooting to improve my computer's performance.what come's up is this,several programs are running at start up,it shows a bunch of different programs including my netgear not sure which ones I should close if any because I don't understand what will happen if I close the wrong one if there can be a wrong to this.

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October 3, 2013 at 05:41:53
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See the link below to learn what Netgear Genie is. Then decide if you want or need to to be running at start up.

Very few programs are required to run at start up. That said, if you have enough installed RAM (memory) it shouldn't matter.

To put your mind at ease you can remove those program listings in the start menu without fear of the computer not running.

Depress Cntrl+Alt+Delete and then choose to start task manager> processes. That list will show you everything that is running and what resources are being consumed by each process.

Removing a program from the start up menu does not uninstall that program. Only stops it from running at start up.

As I stated, if you have sufficient RAM installed, (you didn't list it) the other issue is CPU cycles in use.

Post how much RAM and if you are running 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7. To see that information go to Control Panel> system.

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October 3, 2013 at 08:49:32
Hi robert9177,

You can disable startup applications one by one. Even if you disable an application that you use, you can re-enable it through System Configuration.

Press and hold windows key(looks like a flag) and tap R key once to open Run window. Type msconfig and hit enter.

Select Startup tab and check the program that you want to run on Windows startup.

If you are not sure about an application, you can keep it checked.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S

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October 3, 2013 at 20:29:48
In general, you only 'need' to leave Microsoft labeled programs and your antivirus program to start at start up. That said, there may be others you want to start with Windows (like a battery monitor on a laptop) so Google anything you are not sure about and decide. As mentioned, you can always re-run msconfig and put back a check or two, Apply and restart.

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

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