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Windows 7: Is there a website to see what is safe/unsafe to check in Autoruns?

14 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Is there a website to see what is safe/unsafe to check in Autoruns?

I'd like to get a quicker boot time if possible on my machine. I know ive got a few things running and it appears a lot of things that probably arent system related.

Is there some place I can check to see what is safe or not safe to uncheck within Autoruns?

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14 Feb 2012   #2

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

autoruns is a dangerous program to play about with if you aren't sure what you are doing.

a safer tool to use is probably the microsoft system configuration tool. type msconfig into your startmenu searchbox, and check out the 'Startup' tab, where you'll see a list of (mostly) third-party software that is set to autostart with windows.

you'll be able to untick any you don't need, which may well be most of them. make sure you don't disable anything associated with your antivirus software. it's simple to untick and reboot to see if everything still works as you want - if it doesn't then simply tick them back on.
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14 Feb 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Hello bob,

You can check blackviper.com for which services are okay to disable, but make sure you do not require the functionality that you are disabling.

You can clear the startup folder of all items, and even go into MSCONFIG and make sure only the startup programs that you want are loading.

Additionally, in my signature, you will find a link to optimize windows. You might consider checking it out.
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14 Feb 2012   #4

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

While you are in msconfig go to serviced. Put a check in Hide all Microsoft Services. You will find all kinds of 3rd party services you might not need running on start up. All security services should be checked. The others I have unchecked.
You can do all of this just using Windows 7.
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14 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

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14 Feb 2012   #6

Win 7 Pro x64 SP1, Win 7 Ult x86 SP1
 
 

Now, I always make an OS Backup Image before I start playing in the unknown.
I use (and trust/tested) Acronis TI (paid), but there are other free Imaging programs.
I've burned myself before, lessons learned...
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15 Feb 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit 6.1 Build 7601 (SP1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
While you are in msconfig go to serviced. Put a check in Hide all Microsoft Services. You will find all kinds of 3rd party services you might not need running on start up. All security services should be checked. The others I have unchecked.
You can do all of this just using Windows 7.
This is the right answer! Unless you know EXACTLY what you are doing, you should leave all Windows 7 stuff alone. But feel free to disable any/all 3rd party junk until you achieve the behavior you are looking for.
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15 Feb 2012   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

BlackViper is definitely not the site you want. My fingers grow weary of stating it, but let's just say there's a reason he's known as QuackViper.

You really shouldn't go in messing with services. You won't gain anything other than a greater chance of instability.

Using something like msconfig or CCleaner, which many of us install by default already, you can uncheck some programs that are set to run at boot. You typically don't need a website to tell you what si safe or not. You'll know by the file and it's description. For example, your anti-virus software, you know you want to run. Instant messenger programs and java updates, etc...you don't need to run at boot.
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15 Feb 2012   #9

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
BlackViper is definitely not the site you want. My fingers grow weary of stating it, but let's just say there's a reason he's known as QuackViper.

You really shouldn't go in messing with services. You won't gain anything other than a greater chance of instability.

Using something like msconfig or CCleaner, which many of us install by default already, you can uncheck some programs that are set to run at boot. You typically don't need a website to tell you what si safe or not. You'll know by the file and it's description. For example, your anti-virus software, you know you want to run. Instant messenger programs and java updates, etc...you don't need to run at boot.
I respectfully disagree. Blackviper lists services which are okay (stability wise) to disable. After reading the description of what each service does, and by following his "safe" guide, you can disable those which you do not need. If you later realize you need a service, you can set it back into its original state, no harm done.

In addition, Ccleaner has before, and can still potentially remove a registry item that you needed (Recently happened to me). It should only be used if you know what you are doing in the registry. I would highly recommend not installing this program as the performance gain from it is negligible at best.

I like what you said about MSCONFIG, and it is very good advice.
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15 Feb 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
I respectfully disagree. Blackviper lists services which are okay (stability wise) to disable. After reading the description of what each service does, and by following his "safe" guide, you can disable those which you do not need. If you later realize you need a service, you can set it back into its original state, no harm done.
You can disagree all you want, but on several forums, you'd be banned for even suggesting his site. Yes, it's been that bad over the years. It's been a long long time since anyone even really went around mentioning QuackViper's site. If we are making requests, I'd respectfully ask not to recommend his site, because his descriptions are often incorrect. Time and time again he's been the root cause of system issues. It's a proven fact that disabling Windows system files gains nothing in performance, so there's no reason to even consider it. Services in general should be left alone. Only in very unique situations, should third party services be manipulated.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DustSailor View Post
In addition, Ccleaner has before, and can still potentially remove a registry item that you needed (Recently happened to me). It should only be used if you know what you are doing in the registry. I would highly recommend not installing this program as the performance gain from it is negligible at best.
Again, CCleaner has been proven many times over to be safe, as it's default scans aren't very deep at all. You also have a one click backup to any changes that are made. No one has ever made a claim that CCleaner is about performance, because it isn't, and is in no way related to performance. It offers several great tools all in one, and has been recommended up and down these boards, on actual Enthusiast boards, and even in trade mags. Anytime someone posts a thread about how CCleaner messed up their system, the solution is always something else. It's very safe by default.
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