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Windows start up

Is there a utility to view and change windows start up programs? I want to remove few programs to speed up windows boot.

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Re: windows start up

Type "msconfig"
Click the Startup tab
Uncheck what you don't need

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Re: windows start up

Go to Start -> run 7 type msconfig.
Go to the startup tab and you can unclick all programs you do not need in your startup.
Hope this helps.

Thanks & Good luck!

Posted on Dec 22, 2007

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My windows xp pro games are gone

Do you meant the Microsoft Games (ie Freecell, Hearts,etc...) in XP?
You will need the XP CD to reinstall the Games if the Games had been removed.

Click Start -> Control Panel ->Add or Remove Programs(under catergory view)->Click Add/Remove Windows Components, this will bring up the "Windows Component Wizard", Check or tick - Accessories and Utilities (you can click on ->details to view the options your are installing)-> click next & follow the wizard to finish the installations.

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Jun 24, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional


Speed up Windows Boot Time

Many people ask about Windows boot times and how to make your boot time shorter. This is a quick tip about how to eliminate some of the unneeded or unnecessary items from your Windows XP/Vista/7 boot time.

First, make sure that you are logged in with Administrator privileges.

Next, Click the Start Button (Windows logo button in Vista and 7) and then click Run. (In Vista and 7 you can just type into the search box under the Start button). Type "msconfig" (without the quote marks) and then click OK or press enter.

In the System Configuration Utility, click the Startup Tab and deselect all of the items. In the Services tab, check the box for Hide all Microsoft Services and then disable all the other items.

Now, you will need to reboot your computer after applying those changes and time the boot up. If the time is dramatically faster, then it is likely that one or more of the items in the Startup Utility are causing the lag in boot time.

Go back into MSCONFIG and go to the services tab. Re-Check a few items, apply the settings and reboot. MAKE SURE TO WRITE DOWN WHICH ITEMS YOU'VE RE-CHECKED. Now time the boot up process again. Continue this process of re-booting, timing, going into msconfig and checking a few items back, and rebooting and timing until you find the items that add significant time to your boot up process.

Once you've found those items that are adding time to your boot time, you will need to determine if the item is one you can leave unchecked - or if it is something that you may need to run during startup. If it is a critical program, you can try to get it to boot quicker by reinstalling the program or seeing if an update to the program will fix the issue.

Hope this information is useful!

on Nov 20, 2011 | Microsoft Operating Systems


How to disable/enable Microsoft Windows startup programs

In this guide I will show you how to enable or disable startup programs in Microsoft Windows. Disabling startup programs can help your computer boot up faster and remove some of that garbage that clusters your desktop when you first boot up your computer.

In Windows go to Start and click Run. In the Run box type "msconfig". You will now get a new window that opens up like below,


Click the "Startup" tab. In this tab you will get a list of programs that will launch when Windows starts up. The more programs that start up, the slower your machine will be. You can speed up your computer boot process by disabling unnecessary programs. To disable a program, uncheck the box next to the program you wish to not startup. Some examples of unnecessary programs are Itunes, Google Talk, Skype, software updater programs or any other programs that you don't wish to be started when Windows opens.

Alternatively, you can enable certain programs to startup when Windows boots. Just check the box next to the program you wish to startup.

Make sure to hit the "apply" button once you are done!

I hope this article was informative.


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Need to close internet browsers to uninstall toolbar in control panel HOW?

Disable toolbar,

The normal procedure to disable a toolbar is:

1. Click the browser view menu.
2. Select toolbars.
3. Uncheck the toolbar name.

This will hide it from view, however some adware programs remain active and keeps monitering your internet activity even though their toolbar is disabled.

Uninstall toolbars,

Use windows add remove programs utility.

1. Click the start menu.
2. Click control panel.
3. Double click the add remove programs option.
4. Locate the name of the toolbar in the list and follow the prompts to remove it completely.

Yateesh Varma
India, Bangalore.

Aug 09, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition for PC

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Cant acess safe mode in windows xp, just cycles startup screens

Here are some steps to use MSCONFIG to force your computer into SAFE MODE
  1. Click on Start and then Run.
  2. In the text box in the Run window, type msconfig and click OK. This will open the System Configuration Utility program.
    Note: Do not make changes in the System Configuration Utility other than those outlined here to avoid causing serious system issues. This utility controls a number of startup activities other than those involved with Safe Mode.
  3. Click on the BOOT.INI tab located at the top of the System Configuration Utility window.
  4. Check the checkbox next to /SAFEBOOT and click OK.
  5. You will then be prompted to either Restart, which will restart the PC immediately, or Exit Without Restart, which will close the window and allow you to restart the PC manually.
  6. After the restart, the PC will automatically boot into Windows XP Safe Mode.
    Note: Windows XP will continue to boot into Safe Mode until the System Configuration Utility is configured to again boot normally.
  7. When your work in Safe Mode is complete, click on Start and then Run. Type msconfig in the text box and click OK.
    This will again open the System Configuration Utility program.
  8. Choose the Normal Startup radio button and click OK.
  9. You will then be prompted to either Restart, which will restart the PC immediately, or Exit Without Restart, which will close the window and allow you to restart the PC manually.
  10. After the restart, the PC will boot into Windows XP normally and will continue to do so.

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May 24, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition...


Speed Up Windows XP Boot and Shutdown Times

This guide will show you how to shorten the time it takes for your desktop to appear when you turn your computer, and make it shut down faster as well. Here are a few tips to get you right to your desktop as quickly as possible after startup.
To speed up Windows XP shutdown times:
Turn off services that you don’t need. If you want XP to shutdown faster, you need to have less services running for it to shutdown. Disable any unneeded services.
Don’t clear virtual memory at shutdown. Clearing the page file can provide more security, but that comes at the expense of speed. I don’t really care if someone can look at my page file. If you are more concerned with the shutdown speed, then you will want to disable this option in the registry. You will need to locate the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management registry key and change the ClearPageFileAtShutdown to 0.
To speed up Windows XP Startup times:
Waiting for your computer to boot can be a painful process. Though Microsoft has taken steps to speed up the boot process, it still can be improved. Here a few suggestions you can follow to speed up your Windows XP boot time.
Boot Defrag. If your boot files are closer together it will take less time for your hard drive to seek the files, therefore giving you a faster boot time. This was enabled by default on my machine, but you will want to make sure you have the option enabled in the registry. In HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Dfrg\BootOptimizeFunction
You will want to set “enable” to “Y”.
Keep the registry clean. Windows registry can be a disaster. When programs install they will create registry keys. When you uninstall the program it will leave behind useless registry keys. The solution is to use a good, reliable, registry cleaner. Be careful in which one you choose though because a bad cleaner could really screw up your system. My favorite choice is CClceaner, which will also rid your machine of some spyware and temporary internet files. You can download it here.
Change BIOS Settings. The computer has to go through the BIOS before actually touching Windows. Changing a few settings can decrease the time it takes to actually get to the Windows XP boot screen. First you will want to run a Quick POST (power on self test) if your bios has this option. Secondly you will want to disable booting from a floppy (especially slow), cd, usb. If the BIOS only has to look for the hard drive it will go much faster. You will want to remember that you changed this setting though, incase you have to boot from one of these devices for troubleshooting. The last option is to turn off Boot Delay if you BIOS has this available.

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on Feb 14, 2010 | Operating Systems

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I use Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2

Download this utility and save it to your desktop. Disable any antivirus or anti-malware applications

you have running. Double click the icon once the download is completed. Do not interfere with the

program once it begins. You can sit back and let this utility do its job including the installation of

Windows Recovery Console.

Make sure also that your machine meets system requirements for the games you intend to play.

Update your display drivers and acquire the latest directx drivers.

When complete restart your computer and click START.....RUN.....then type msconfig

and click OK. Click BOOT.INI and under "operating systems" view the order they

appear in and if the one you want to load on boot is listed second......highlight the

first one and click "move down". Next reboot the machine to view the change you've

made. You want the Recovery Console /cmdcons to be placed as your second

boot option. Conceptual View


Good Luck.........Nate P.

Jan 16, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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Windows XP Unusually Slow Startup

from msconfig you disable all startup item and restart.Also you defragment your hard drive once in a month and use a good antiviruse and scan your pc at regular interval

Jun 23, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Windows explorer

Both of the utilities you have listed have good reviews, but
there are three possibilities:

1) You have somehow damaged the windows shell,
explorer.exe, it's libraries or its registry entries,
while you ware cleaning your system.

In this case you will need to either re-install windows,
or at least repair windows from the install disks and
re-apply service pack 3.

2) You may still have a rogue program or a root-kit running
somewhere. Check the task manager (ctrl-alt-del),
shut down all unnecessary tasks. Then got to:

Control Panel ==> Administrative Tools ==>

and stop all unnecessary services, but do NOT
disable them, unless you know what you are doing.

they will re-start when you re-boot.

Download Mike Lin's startup monitor, and disable
all unwanted programs from starting up ==> reboot

Once you have trimmed your system to the bare minimum,

see if the problem persists.

You may also scan your system with rootkit detectors,
such as 'black light" and rootkit revealer by Mark Russinovich

3) You have a large corrupt media or picture file in your root
directory, and windows explorer is hanging while trying to
generate a preview thumbnail.

Disable: shmedia.dll = Show media
and shimgvw.dll = Show Image View


regsvr32 /u shmedia.dll
regsvr32 /u shimgvw.dll

To re-enable pre-view, enter the previous commands
without the /u switch.


May 07, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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How booting time can be reduced?

Just check the BIOS settings whether everything is correct in that , Clean your RAM and refix it, Delete the Temp files used to load the PC

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