Start up programs

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  1. tinytim

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    In Windows XP, how do I

    control what programs start when I turn on my computer...

    I have some that I never use that run in the background that I don't want on if I don't need them.

    I want to keep them from starting when I turn on the computer.

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  2. mnw

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    A lot of them will probably be in the Start Up folder. Just go

    Start --> All Programs --> Startup (double-click)

    Then delete the ones you do not want to start up.

    Some programs like iTunes don't die easy. But that's because Mac users need to be cuddled and told what to do, so the programs do an awful lot without asking permission.

    This program is free and I have just started using it. It seems to do a good job. Just be careful about what programs you disable. :) The program has info about each function so that should help.

    http://www.download.com/Startup-Inspector-for-Windows/3000-2086_4-10452094.html?tag=lst-0-1

    Hope it helps.
     
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    many programs that run on startup and are not found in the startup folder have to be removed from the system registry.

    Go to start... run

    type in regedit and hit your enter button

    do a search for 'runonce', then go to the 'Run' folder above it. Many of the progs that start in the Windows environment are in these Run folders. Just remove them and you should not see them running in background again.

    But be careful when removing entries in the Registry, as if you remove files you do not know anything about, you could cause your pc not to boot up.
     
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    Although I agree with StandingFirm that this is one way to do it, and I have used this before, the better way is to go to Start - Run - msconfig

    This will present you a window with several option at the top. The last two tabs are Services and Startup.

    These two are the two you will want to change. It's always a good idea to have a restore point done whenever you're doing any changes.

    Looking over the Startup tab and the Services tab, uncheck any that you don't want to run. Under the services tab, I wouldn't change or remove anything that is from Microsoft.

    Then reboot. After you reboot, you will get a pop up box telling you that changes have been made etc.. There is a check box at the bottom of this to make this NOT show up again during startup.

    You can make changes to this at any time by going back to Start - Run - msconfig and check anything you want to run.

    I have found this an easier, less messy way to make changes to my startup.

    I also have a program called System Mechanic that I use for tweaking my systems.

    good luck and if you need any help ask and I will help you out!

    Jamie
     
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    Thanks, I will try these the first of the week, I can't afford to have my pc messed up tomorrow. Again thanks
     
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    start........run.........misconfig is the easiest way to do it. if you later decide you want them to run at startup you go back to msconfig and check the boxes again.

    Bill
     
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    How can I tell under msconfig what the programs are?
     
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    To the right of the program name, you will see the directory it's in. You might have to drag the dividing lines over to the right to show more of the file location then it defaults too. From that information you can, most of the time, tell what program it belongs to.

    If you run into programs you don't know about either there or when you're looking at your Task Manager, Google them and most of the time it will tell you what programs that file it tied to.


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    Thanks
    Thanks
     
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    Here's some advice I gave to someone a while back.

     
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    I did just what you said Trotter...
    So far so good...
    There was a few things that I didn't need running, but for the most of them, I either need or want.
     
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    Great. Hopefully that'll keep you going. Let me know if you need any help.
     

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