what are green checks in msconfig

April 28, 2011 at 19:16:36
Specs: Windows XP
in msconfig-services some of the boxes are checked green and say stopped some are not checked and some are checked and say running. why the green checks?

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#1
April 29, 2011 at 09:31:25
Someone maybe or some program edited the list. I would guess that normally they would all be checked but not all need to be checked. Not all need to be started either. Only a few are really needed day to day. There are web pages that describe each service.

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#2
April 29, 2011 at 13:59:40
I edit startup in msconfig all the time & I never saw green anything.

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#3
April 29, 2011 at 15:01:03
My checkmarks are green.

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#4
April 29, 2011 at 15:06:05
chef124s is talking about "Services".

Msconfig is not the best place to make changes to Services. They are part of Administrative Tools, although services.msc in the Run box will get you there. This gives various options ie Auto / Manual / Enable / Disable / Start / Stop. Msconfig only shows whether they are running, ie a Service can be ticked but not actually running.

On mine all ticks in msconfig are green in the General, Services and Startup menus but black in the two ini files (XP Home SP3).

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#5
April 29, 2011 at 15:10:18
If you don't see green check marks you may be going color blind. Green-red is what you lose with color blindness.

check marks are green in xp and blue in Vista/win7

checked means active
stopped or running is just the state of that service

not all services constantly run which is why you see some in a stopped condition.

you are playing with explosives so be careful what you change.

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#6
April 29, 2011 at 15:24:38
I'm not color blind. I see green & red in other places, traffic lights to name one.

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#7
April 29, 2011 at 16:17:16
That is good to hear guapo

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#8
April 30, 2011 at 19:59:13
The color of check marks are green if you have xp desktop theme configure to its default setting. That's the theme that xp originally display after the os had been install. Change xp's desktop theme from it originally setting can change how things are displayed including the color of check marks.

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#9
May 1, 2011 at 04:38:00
That makes sense.

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#10
May 9, 2011 at 16:16:45
Thank you, so things can be stopped but still have a green check mark in the box?

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#11
May 9, 2011 at 16:54:41
No, if it's checked, it's active.

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#12
May 9, 2011 at 17:08:56
Re your post #10:
Yes, as far as "Services" are concerned. The tick means that the service is available for use but it can be in either the started or stopped state. However, as I spelled out in post #4, msconfig is not the best place to make changes to services because there are many options. Use services.msc in the Run box instead.

Correction to my post #4 (apologies):
"Msconfig only shows whether they are running" should have read:
"Msconfig only shows whether they are available"

The situation is more clear cut when using msconfig for "Startup" items. If the tick is present the associated program will run on booting. If there is no tick then the program will not run on booting.

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#13
May 9, 2011 at 17:14:15
grasshopper
Sorry but the answer is Yes in the case of "Services". The tick only means it is "available". It could be stopped if it has been set to Manual and has not been called upon to start by the system or a program. This is why I think msconfig is not the place to be messing with services - you only have partial control and do not see the whole picture.

chef124s
If you look in msconfig >Services (Status column) you will see that some ticked items are running and others stopped - which proves the validity of my answer to your post #10.

If a service is unticked in msconfig it is the same as disabling it. It can therefore never start.

The "color" of the ticks is unimportant.

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#14
May 10, 2011 at 16:02:45
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#15
May 10, 2011 at 16:18:37
I kind of lost track on this one. i thought we were talking about Startup tab. I realize that services is different.

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#16
May 10, 2011 at 16:34:56
grasshopper

Yes, this post slid out of step a tad at about #2.
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