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Windows 7: Which of these start-up applications should I remove?

07 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 64-bit
Which of these start-up applications should I remove?


I am currently deactivating several programs from my boot-list in an attempt to stop a little problem I am having.

I came across a couple programs that I am not sure would be such a good idea to deactivate, and I am asking you all to help me.

Here is a screen shot of a list showing all the items I am confused about.

My computer is an Asus G74Sx and has an Intel i7 processor, so I have no idea why there is an AMD Dual-Core Optimizer in there, I suppose I should deactivate it, but I just want to check with you lot first.

The programs starting with ATK and such I assume have something to do with the functionality of my laptop, such as ACMON, i checked online and found that it controls the button which switches between high performance and all that.
Would disabling these affect my computer in any major way? i.e. make it more unstable, certain laptop specific keys, such as the Fn-key losing functionality etc.?

And the Win 7 DDK driver; it says something about USB 3.0 it's located under (...)\Fresco Logic USB3.0 Host Controller\amd64_host\FlxHCIm.exe. My PC had one USB 3.0 port, would disabling this make it stop working?

Finally there are;
"Finger-sensing Pad" %Program Files%\FSP\fspuip.exe - would diabling this make my touch-pad stop working?
"THXCfg64" C:\Windows\system32\RunDLL32.exe C:\Windows\system32\THXCfg64.dll,RunDLLEntry THXCfg64
"THXAudioNB" - Both made by Creative; would removing them affect audio?

This post looks pretty messy and I apologize. Hope I'm not coming across as too much of a greenhorn. ;p

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07 Oct 2012   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit

Trial and error is your best method. Uncheck stuff and see if you lose functionality. If you do, then recheck it.

I'd make a Word document or some sort of list to keep track of what I had done and what functionality issues I then ran across.

Windows will start with all of it unchecked, but you should leave antivirus checked. (AVG in your case).

I've got only 4 or 5 things checked and don't need most of them.

I've got an Intel processor and have never seen that "dual core optimizer" thing that you have.
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07 Oct 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP


Establish a Clean boot as shown in Troubleshooting Steps for Windows 7.

You most likely don't need anything running except your AV and gadgets/stickies/Skydrive/fingerprint reader if you use them. All others are freeloaders on the your resources and spy on you to make money on the side.
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