eliminating startup processes

March 2, 2011 at 08:57:54
Specs: Windows XP
Hi, every time I turn on my laptop, over 50 start-up processes load and appear in the second tab in Windows Task Manager. I already know how to eliminate start-up applications, and keep these to a minimum, but don't know how to distinguish between start-up processes that I need from deadweight accumulated over the years. Is there any software designed to eliminate unnecessary start-up processes (i.e., not applications)? Thanks.

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#1
March 2, 2011 at 09:02:16
My advice is to read the name of the process. Many times you can determine if it is needed or not just from the name. You can also Google the process name to see what it is for.

One common cause for the bloat is the propensity of programs to automatically search for updates. In some cases that is a good thing but most times not.


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#2
March 2, 2011 at 09:06:02
Thank you, but if I delete a process, won't it reappear the next time I turn on the laptop?

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#3
March 2, 2011 at 10:41:57
If you just stop a process in the Task Manager it will come back the next time you reboot. There are other methods to permanently stop processes from running. Look at the MS link below to learn how.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270035


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#4
March 2, 2011 at 15:47:49
You can do Start, then RUN, then type
msconfig
Then uncheck items in the Startup tab.
None are really needed for computer operation.

To find out what each Startup(or Process) item
does or means, and any recommendation as to if you should close the process:
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Task...
Task List Programs
OR
http://www.processlibrary.com/
The Process Library


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#5
March 3, 2011 at 01:47:13
msconfig only works for startup applications, not startup processes, but the links are useful, thanks.

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#6
March 3, 2011 at 05:18:24
I believe the link in #3 above works for any program.

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#7
March 3, 2011 at 07:07:12
Black Viper's website has a list of the most common services and shows which can be disabled to stop unneeded processes from being run at startup. Google for his name (Black Viper).

Please let us know if you found someone's advice to be helpful.


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#8
March 3, 2011 at 08:30:21
Thanks, that's very helpful.

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#9
March 3, 2011 at 09:33:08
Try Autoruns from Sysinternals.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...


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