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Windows 7: What replaced msconfig

20 Apr 2012   #1

windows 7 ultimate
What replaced msconfig

It's been a long time since I had to do any administrative functions in windows. I remember that there was a replacement for msconfig to enable/disable services and startups but can't remember its name. Wrote it down once but can't find what I wrote it on.

Thanks for any responses.


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21 Apr 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Tom,

The tutorials below can help show you more on how to do this if you like.

Startup Programs - Change


Services - Start or Disable

Hope this helps,
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21 Apr 2012   #3

7 x64

Msconfig still works on my Win 7.
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21 Apr 2012   #4

Windows 7 home premium x64

So it should but services should be stopped or disabled in the services.msc not the ones shown in msconfig.
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21 Apr 2012   #5

7 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cyclic View Post
So it should but services should be stopped or disabled in the services.msc not the ones shown in msconfig.
Doesn't really matter. If you use msconfig they will be stopped in Services.msc, same outcome. The only difference is in the snapin you can change other settings for each service.
The ones shown in msconfig are what is shown in Services. That is where msconfig get its info from. There and the RUN sections of the registry. msconfig just puts it all into one place on different tabs.

I personally don't use msconfig but it is there if someone wants to use it. MS hasn't removed it. Which is what the OP asked, basically.
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22 Apr 2012   #6
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

When asked why to use services.msc instead of msconfig to disable services, Black Viper explained it well:

The reason is because with msconfig and Hardware Profiles, you can disable services that may be vital to boot your system. With the management console (services.msc) you cannot
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