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Windows 7: Unknown programs running at startup

20 Oct 2012   #1
Watakrak

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
Unknown programs running at startup

Hey everyone, i've been working on PCs for some time, and a friend of mine gave me his laptop to fix it/optimize it.

Now, I checked the startup with tuneup utilities and I saw those programs running:

Tasktray
Java Update Scheduler
Windows Problem Reporting
Bluetooth Adapter
Catalyst Control Center Launcher
Command Prompt
Delayed Launcher
Microsoft Security Client User Interface
Synaptic Pointing Device

Which of them should I disable? I was surprised to see tasktray, delayed launcher and command prompt on startup.

Also, through the tuneup program deactivator I saw some odd programs running:
Broadcom Bluetooth Software
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
LSI HDA Modem
AMD Catalyst Install Manager

and others i am familiar with.

Which of these 4 should I disable temporarily? Are any of them needed for the correct usage of the laptop?

Thank you for your time


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20 Oct 2012   #2
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Tasktray, I have no idea what that is but it is for some program that is installed so do a Goolge search.


Bluetooth adapter. Does the owner use any Bluetooth devices?

Command Prompt you should be able to shut down. Not sure why a CMD Prompt is starting with the system.

Delayed Launcher, No idea, again Goolge.

Cat Control Center, Not needed as who changes screen resolution and or makes other changes to the graphic card on a regular basis. Once it is set to what works most everyone leaves the resolution alone.

MS Security client interface doesn't need to be starting with the system startup.

All other are needed and should be left as is.

Broadcom and Intel are OK. If the owner doesn't use any Bluetooth then that could be disabled. As noted above.

LSI HDA Modem? Who uses a Dialup modem these days? Maybe for faxing? But if the owner doesn't do that then it can be shut down.

AMD Cat Install MGR not needed as more then likely you can only install Graphic drivers from the makers website and not directly from AMD.
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20 Oct 2012   #3
Sir George

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Watakrak View Post
Hey everyone, i've been working on PCs for some time, and a friend of mine gave me his laptop to fix it/optimize it.

Now, I checked the startup with tuneup utilities and I saw those programs running:

Tasktray
Java Update Scheduler
Windows Problem Reporting
Bluetooth Adapter
Catalyst Control Center Launcher
Command Prompt
Delayed Launcher
Microsoft Security Client User Interface
Synaptic Pointing Device

Which of them should I disable? I was surprised to see tasktray, delayed launcher and command prompt on startup.

Also, through the tuneup program deactivator I saw some odd programs running:
Broadcom Bluetooth Software
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
LSI HDA Modem
AMD Catalyst Install Manager

and others i am familiar with.

Which of these 4 should I disable temporarily? Are any of them needed for the correct usage of the laptop?

Thank you for your time
Task Tray is from Amazon and isn't necessry, so it can be disabled from loading at startup.

Visit the following site for advice on Windows Problem Reporting;
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/7863/disable-error-reporting-in-xp-vista-and-windows-7/

Bluetooth Adaptor software is self evident, used for Bluetooth devices, and can be removed.

Command Prompt loading at startup, seel the following;
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/682-command-prompt-startup.html

Delayed Launcher is a utility program that I wouldn't use.

The others appear fine and can be left alone.
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20 Oct 2012   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

You can disable ALL startups (except the AV program and maybe the update launchers). Those processes will all be called when needed.
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20 Oct 2012   #5
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I keep my active security programs, bluetooth keyboard and mouse as startup programs. That it.
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20 Oct 2012   #6
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You can disable ALL startups (except the AV program and maybe the update launchers). Those processes will all be called when needed.
Sorry but IMHO that is false information. There are several things listed that should be running at startup. Like the Synaptic software (That is IF you want to use the touchpad) and the Windows Problem reporting, which is a service.

Saying to turn them all off is IMHO a disservice to the OP.
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20 Oct 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You can disable ALL startups (except the AV program and maybe the update launchers). Those processes will all be called when needed.
Sorry but IMHO that is false information. There are several things listed that should be running at startup. Like the Synaptic software (That is IF you want to use the touchpad) and the Windows Problem reporting, which is a service.

Saying to turn them all off is IMHO a disservice to the OP.
They will be running whether they are in the startups or not - don't worry.
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09 Feb 2013   #8
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by edwar View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
You can disable ALL startups (except the AV program and maybe the update launchers). Those processes will all be called when needed.
Sorry but IMHO that is false information. There are several things listed that should be running at startup. Like the Synaptic software (That is IF you want to use the touchpad) and the Windows Problem reporting, which is a service.

Saying to turn them all off is IMHO a disservice to the OP.
They will be running whether they are in the startups or not - don't worry.
other opinions on turning ALL off?
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09 Feb 2013   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The options are:

1. uninstall the program(s)
2. disable with msconfig > startup tab
3. disable with WinPatrol - that is what I use.
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09 Feb 2013   #10
MourningStar

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
The options are: ...
?

(seeking other's 'opinions')
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