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MS WIndows Startup Clean Up

How do I clean up the programs that automatically start-up when I turn on my Windows XP machine? I have all kinds of things starting up that I don't need anymore.

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Click Start > Run > msconfig > click Startup Tab and then go through the list. Items that are checked will startup.

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The kernel power event ID 41 error occurs when the computer is shut down, or it restarts unexpectedly. When a computer that is running Windows starts, a check is performed to determine whether the computer was shut down cleanly. If the computer was not shut down cleanly, a Kernel Power Event 41 message is generated.
Before we proceed with the troubleshooting steps, please answer the questions given below.
a)Do you remember making any changes prior to this issue?
b)Did you check if all the drivers are up to date?
Let us follow the methods given below.
Method 1: Run System maintenance troubleshooter.
Follow these steps:
a) Press Windows key + W on the keyboard
b) Type Troubleshooter then click on Settings under the Search field
c) In Settings click on Find and Fix Problems
d) Click on System and security
e) Click System maintenance follow the prompts from there.
Method 2: Try booting the computer in safe mode and perform a clean boot.
Step 1: Perform Safe Mode
Click the link and follow the steps "Windows Startup Settings (including safe mode)"
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/windows-startup-settings-including-safe-mode
Check if you face the same issue in safe mode. If the issue doesn't persists in safe mode, the place the computer in clean boot and check.
Step 2: Perform Clean Boot.
To help troubleshoot error messages and other issues, you can start Windows 8 by using a minimal set of drivers and startup programs. This kind of startup is known as a "clean boot." A clean boot helps eliminate software conflicts.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135
Important: Reset the computer to start as usual.
Note: After you have finished troubleshooting, follow these steps to boot to normal startup.
a) Press the 'Windows + R' key on the keyboard.
b) In the 'Run' windows type 'MSCONFIG' and click 'Ok'.
c) On the 'General' tab, click the 'Normal Startup' option, and then click 'OK'.
d) When you are prompted to restart the computer, click 'Restart'.
If the issue persists, I would suggest you to perform a system restore and check if it helps.
Method 3: Perform a system restore.
Refer to the link given below and follow the instructions for system restore.
How to restore, refresh, or reset your PC
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/restore-refresh-reset-pc
Also refer to the article given below.
Windows Kernel event ID 41 error "The system has rebooted without cleanly shutting down first" in Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, or Windows Server 2008 R2
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2028504


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After the window opens up, click on the startup tab and uncheck anything that you don't want to start automatically when windows starts. Becareful in here though, you can disable your windows if you aren't careful. You may also want to run your antivirus to make sure that nothing is hogging your resources at start.

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Let's put the computer in clean boot state and check if any third-party program is causing this issue.
Putting your system in clean boot state helps in identifying if any third party applications or startup items are causing the issue. If yes, you may have to contact the program manufacturer for any updates or uninstall and re-install the program.
Here's the article you may refer to for steps with reference to the same.

Use this link if you are using Windows XP:
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Note: After troubleshooting, make sure to put the computer to start as usual as mentioned here:
To configure Windows to use a Normal startup state
After you used the clean boot to resolve your problem, you can follow these steps to configure Windows XP to start normally.

a. Click Start, and then click Run.
b. Type msconfig, and then click OK. The System Configuration Utility dialog box is displayed.
c. Click the General tab, click Normal Startup - load all device drivers and services, and then click OK.
d. When you are prompted, click Restart to restart the computer.

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    The First Question Of Troubleshooting: If the problem is new, what changed between the time things worked and the time they didn't?

    The Second Question of Windows Troubleshooting: what is the malware/virus status of the machine? If you think it is clean, what programs (and versions) did you use to determine this?

    Be sure the computer is clean:
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    If the computer is completely virus/malware-free, manage your startup to find the culprit.

    Start>Run>msconfig [enter]

    This brings up the System Configuration Utility. Look on the Startup tab and find the probable culprit. Uncheck the box next to its name, Apply and OK out. You don't need to restart immediately, but the next time you do you'll get a dialog saying you've used the Utility. Just tick the box that says in effect, "don't bother me about this again".

    How to Troubleshoot By Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/?id=310560

    The free Autoruns program is very useful for managing your Startup - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/default.mspx
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1. click on start >Click run 2. Type msconfig 3. You would get the system properties box 4. click on the tab that says startup 5. Click on the tab that says disable all click apply and restart your computer.
Once the system is back up. Click on start>all programs>accessories>system tools>disk clean up Note: it may take some time to clean the system. Do back up important documents if any. Though you would not loose any important information form the computer.
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Click on Start, the run. In the box type in msconfig.

Click on the startup tab. Uncheck each program you do not want to start up with your computer. Keep in mind that some items are required for startup for windows so don't uncheck anything you are not sure of.

Exit and restart. Once it restarts you'll get a message just click ok to exit out of that message and those programs will no longer start up with your computer.

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Look and install these two applications:
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Make sure to close all programs specially anti-virus programs before you install them. Then run them in SAFE MODE.

How to enter safe mode:
Reboot your PC and RIGHT AFTER your PC startup BIOS logo and before Windows kicks in tap the F8 key and a Startup Menu should appear, use your arrow keys to select SAFE MODE and run the above applications. Clean any temp files and clear out any spyware.

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How to get to a MS-DOS prompt.
Reason: If Windows or the computer is not operating properly, it may be necessary to get to a MS-DOS prompt to diagnose and to perform additional troubleshooting on the computer.
Solution: MS-DOS users
Windows 3.x users
Windows 95, 98 and ME users
Windows NT, 2000 and XP users
Windows Vista users
Other PC Operating System users

MS-DOS users If you are running MS-DOS with no other operating systems, the computer should be booting into a MS-DOS prompt automatically unless you have a shell or other program loading automatically. If the computer is not getting you to a MS-DOS prompt, reboot the computer and as the computer is booting, press the F5 key when you see the message "Starting MS-DOS" or the MS-DOS version. This will load the default standard MS-DOS. If you successfully get to a MS-DOS prompt and would like to prevent the computer from loading the program that is preventing you from getting to a MS-DOS prompt, or if you would like to fix possible error messages you may be receiving when booting the computer, edit the autoexec.bat and/or the config.sys files.

Windows 95, 98, and ME users If you are able to get into Windows 95, 98 or ME, you can get to a MS-DOS prompt by following the below steps.
  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. Type "command" and press enter.
This will open a MS-DOS shell. However, if you are attempting to troubleshoot an issue with the computer and are using Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98we suggest you restart the computer into MS-DOS. To do this follow the below steps.
  1. Click Start
  2. Click Shutdown
  3. Choose the option to restart the computer into a MS-DOS prompt.
If you are unable to get into Windows 95 or Windows 98 to get into a MS-DOS prompt, follow the below instructions (Windows ME does not have this option).
  1. Reboot the computer
  2. As the computer is booting, press the F8 key when you hear a beep or when you see "Starting Windows 95" or "Starting Windows 98". Windows 98 users sometimes may find it easier to press and hold the left CTRL key as the computer is booting.
  3. If done properly the user should get to a screen similar to the below screen.
Microsoft Windows 95 Startup Menu
============================= 1. Normal
2. Logged (\BOOTLOG.TXT)
3. Safe mode
4. Step-by-step confirmation
5. Command prompt only
6. Safe mode command prompt only
Enter a choice: 1
F5=Safe Mode Shift+F5=Command prompt Shift+F8= Step-by-step confirmation [N]

4. Select the option for Safe mode command prompt only.
Windows NT, 2000, XP, and Vista users If you're running Windows NT, 2000, or Windows XP and need to get to MS-DOS prompt follow the below steps.
  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run or click in the "Start Search" field if you're running Vista
  3. Type "cmd" or "command" and press enter.
Additional information about the difference between "cmd" and "command" can be found on document CH000395. If you're attempting to get into a MS-DOS prompt to troubleshoot the computer boot the computer into safe mode. Additional information about how to get into safe mode can be found on document CHSAFE. Windows 2000, XP, and Vista users who are unable to boot the computer into Normal Windows mode or Safe mode can also enter the recovery console to manage their computer from a prompt. Additional information about how to do this can be found on document CH000627. Finally, if you are experiencing issues getting into Windows NT, 2000, or XP, it may be necessary to run troubleshooting steps from a MS-DOS prompt. It is recommended that the Network Administrator get into the MS-DOS prompt by using either a standard MS-DOS boot diskette (note: will not be able to access data using a standard MS-DOS bootable diskette) or the ERD diskettes created after the installation of Windows NT, or boot from the Windows XP CD.

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