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Windows 7: Start Up - What are all these things?

11 Sep 2010   #1
nithig

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 
Start Up - What are all these things?

Are there any general rules about what to include in Start-Up?
eg - I may be starting programs I don't often use ...
so they could be deleted from the start-up list.
- Does a large Start-Up list slow down the computer and add work?
- Where can I find out what entries actually are?
In the capture attached is a list of this laptop's Start-Up.
Quite honestly I don't have a clue what they mean?
Look fwd to yr imput.




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11 Sep 2010   #2
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

It would be my advice not to tweek the start up items, if you are not sure of their function. Some are obvious by the name, but the benefit of turning them off are nominal. All you need to do is follow the astute advice in this tutorial. You may follow the steps regarding startup if you feel that you have the expertise to do so.
Optimize Windows 7

In addition, here is a great post from my favorite meerkat regarding mainteance.
Suggestions for Proper Maintenance
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11 Sep 2010   #3
gregrocker

 

I uncheck all of mine in msconfig>startup except AV and gadgets/stikynotes.

Nothing that is required to run Win7 OS is any longer included.

Most of those are Toshiba utilities which are not needed. You can uncheck each one-by-one or in small groups to see if they affect something you want to use and then turn it back on.

Finding out what each does is as simple as google its listing name or file extension in msconfig.

About the only thing that might give you trouble is if you use the useless Toshiba connection manager. If so, you only need to turn it off to set up superior Win7 network management accessed in your system tray.
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12 Sep 2010   #4
nithig

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks Rich and Greg,
I will follow up on what you both
shared in yr response.
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12 Sep 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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What Gregg said is 100% correct. It is just an approach difference. It is my opinion that the time saved on boot, it just is not worth it to change what the computer technicians felt was for the best. That being said there is no right or wrong. You make the changes that make you happy and I do wish you the best and happy surfing.
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12 Sep 2010   #6
nithig

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

[QUOTEYou make the changes that make you happy][/QUOTE]

Understand Richc46 - what's happening for me here is that
I'm enjoying learning about Win 7
and this exploration/learning is greatly eased
by this forum and its generous contributors.

I have an old car - but it runs well and needs little servicing
because I keep the engine oil and filters clean and don't fang it.
This is what I want to learn about my first laptop - so I get long
life, stable performance and enjoyment of the process.

Now onto that tutorial.
Then, I might follow Greg and be more adventurous
& turn it all off except AV.
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12 Sep 2010   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

So, you like our tutorial. Here is a gift, read, learn and enjoy
Windows 7 - Tutorial Index[2]=General Tips
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12 Sep 2010   #8
pjd

Win 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
It is my opinion that the time saved on boot, it just is not worth it to change what the computer technicians felt was for the best.
Having been employed by a well known Palo Alto CA based hardware manufacturer, I can assure you that the decisions on what s/w was installed on their computers was not made by computer technicians, it was made by marketing savants. Believe me I was one of them, the latter that is. I suspect Tosh is just the same.

A while back Dell stopped loading up unnecessary s/w onto their boxes, if you wanted it you could have it, but you also had to pay for it - way to go MD.

pjd
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12 Sep 2010   #9
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Not going to argue the point, so this is my first and last post on the subject. Was not referring to the software, but rather how it gets to be used, ie startup.
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12 Sep 2010   #10
nithig

Windows 7 Pro 64bit SP1
 
 

Thanks pjd,
it's the way of the contemporary world eh ...
the over emphasis on marketing.

I'm old enough to remember when companies used to ask people
what they wanted then try to deliver that.
Now they create products and marketing's job is to get
us to consume them.

Now.. where was I ...oh right ... the tutorial ...
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