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Windows 7: What Can I Get Rid of in Startup?

17 May 2012   #1
RealGem

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
What Can I Get Rid of in Startup?

Hi,

My PC is running slow, and I think it is all the stuff that is running on Startup.

But I don't know what I need and what I don't. Some I know I don't want them in Startup.

But how do I permanently stop them from running from Startup? (in baby steps please! Last time I tried to do it, I still had to do extra stuff on Startup which was worse than manually exiting the programs every time).

From this pic, what would you say I definitely need (such as a browser plugin or needed for the Windows system)?

I can open anything else manually when needed. Windows Explorer is needed for example.



And how do I stop the rest please?

thanks a lot


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17 May 2012   #2
Arc

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Hello RealGem

Type msconfig in the search box of the start menu, and click on the resulting link. You will get teh system configuration window. Click on the startup tab. You can disable all the entries listed there (but you should keep the antivirus there, IMO).

Uncheck all, apply, ok, and restart your computer.
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17 May 2012   #3
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

How much of that stuff is actually running at startup?

Try this:

Reboot.

Don't manually start any applications.

Go back to that processes tab.

Check "show processes from all users".

Post a pic of the result.


Also: go to msconfig and look at the startup tab.

Post a pic of that, showing the checked items. You may have 30 items checked there. I have about 5 checked. Windows will start and run with none checked.
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17 May 2012   #4
cyclic

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Type services.msc in the run line on the start menu.
Look at the list of services, notice you can stop or start any, also configure them to either run automatically, disabled or manually the latter being a good option for most, then they start as you say when a program requires them.

Double click any of the listed services to bring up the configuration panel.

What Can I Get Rid of in Startup?-services.jpg

Does this help ?


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17 May 2012   #5
RealGem

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks a lot guys, very helpful

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Hello RealGem

Type msconfig in the search box of the start menu, and click on the resulting link. You will get teh system configuration window. Click on the startup tab. You can disable all the entries listed there (but you should keep the antivirus there, IMO).

Uncheck all, apply, ok, and restart your computer.
Thanks I will try that.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
How much of that stuff is actually running at startup?

Try this:

Reboot.

Don't manually start any applications.

Go back to that processes tab.

Check "show processes from all users".

Post a pic of the result.


Also: go to msconfig and look at the startup tab.

Post a pic of that, showing the checked items. You may have 30 items checked there. I have about 5 checked. Windows will start and run with none checked.
Sorry, the only things not running on Start-up out of the first list are Firefox, Excel and Windows Explorer, thanks.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyclic View Post
Type services.msc in the run line on the start menu.
Look at the list of services, notice you can stop or start any, also configure them to either run automatically, disabled or manually the latter being a good option for most, then they start as you say when a program requires them.

Double click any of the listed services to bring up the configuration panel.

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Does this help ?
Hi Cyclic

UPDATE:
Thanks - There are TONS of stuff in there! And I'm not sure what everything is. I planned to do a google search for the stuff I don't know, but I noticed that there were notes to the left decribing what they were.

Sadly I was not much wiser, as they all said stuff like

"If this service is disabled, any services that explicity depend on it will fail to start."

Well yes, but I don't know which services depend on them. Windows makes it sound like I need all of them.

For example do I need DHCP? It mentions IP addreses and DNS. I thought those were only for website servers. I just have a humble computer - it is not a server!

thanks
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17 May 2012   #6
RealGem

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I could not stop any running because I did not know how important they are. I have done an online search for a lot of them and am still no wiser, as I don't understand the descriptions. They should put them in laymens terms such as:

"If you stop this service, the colorful animated widget that you use for (whatever), will be static (or whatever!)"

The descriptions all seem to be for IT techie people.

For example; do I need Samsung Keis to be running ALL THE TIME? (It's my mobile phone software and I hardly use it, as I have another phone I use more).

I have an icon on my desktop for it, so surely I can click on it when I need it? But as an experiment, I attempted to stop it running temporarily inside Task Manager and I was told that it might:

"result in an unstable system"

Is this just a standard warning for all of them, or do I really need it?

thanks
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17 May 2012   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

General advice is to not fiddle with Microsoft services.

Concentrate on msconfig.

You could look at the services tab of msconfig and choose "hide all Microsoft services" and see what is left.

You can then disable the non-Microsoft services one at a time or half at a time and see if any of your required functionality goes away. If it does, then go back to that location and re-enable the service.

And uncheck everything but anti-virus in msconfig startup tab. If you lose functionality, you can go back there and recheck as needed. Most of the stuff there doesn't need to run at startup. Some people have 20 or 30 unnecessary things checked there.
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17 May 2012   #8
RealGem

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
General advice is to not fiddle with Microsoft services.

Concentrate on msconfig.

You could look at the services tab of msconfig and choose "hide all Microsoft services" and see what is left.

You can then disable the non-Microsoft services one at a time or half at a time and see if any of your required functionality goes away. If it does, then go back to that location and re-enable the service.

And uncheck everything but anti-virus in msconfig startup tab. If you lose functionality, you can go back there and recheck as needed. Most of the stuff there doesn't need to run at startup. Some people have 20 or 30 unnecessary things checked there.
OK thanks a lot, I think I'll take lots of screenshots so I know what was checked and what was not!
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17 May 2012   #9
RealGem

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

OK ignatzatsonic, I did what you said and there were only ten programs left pictured:



So as there weren't many I stopped them all.

As you can see from the pic the appearance of my PC has changed, (I'm guessing because I stopped the graphics card?) but I don't understand why Samsung Keis and Jing (screen capture video software) are not on that list, and are included in Microsoft Services. I definitely want to switch those off.

Does this mean I should not?

Also I cannot find Jing or OneNote anywhere in the list.

And I stopped Lightscribe, yet it is still running in the system tray, and I can't find another Lightscribe file.

Any ideas please?

thanks
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17 May 2012   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

I'd guess you may be right about the Nvidia service affecting appearance.

I have no idea why Samsung Keis and Jing are not on that list, but if they do appear under MS services, try disabling them there. Obviously, they are not part of Windows. See what happens.

I have no idea about Lightscribe or OneNote. Are they uninstallable, whatever they are?

Did you check the startup tab in msconfig?
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