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Windows 7: How to control startup programs

05 Apr 2014   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
How to control startup programs

I would like to find out what programs start when I boot up and how to select which ones do. I think some are always starting that I rarely use and I want them to start only when I click on their shortcuts. In XP there was a start menu that showed this, but now I have Win 7.

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05 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2

clicl start, type run, then type msconfig in the box and hot enter.

a window will open, then click the startup tab. there you can select or deselect the programs you wish to start on startup.

personally I untick everything, that way youll have the fastest boot possible. :)
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05 Apr 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

The easiest way to control them is with WinPatrol. That is also a very useful program that protects your registry.

With WinPatrol you can also very easily defer the startups. But you really only need the AV program and those that you started yourself - e.g. sidebar (gadgets). All others can be disabled.

WinPatrol 2014 v30.5.2014.1
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05 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

CCleaner is another easy way to control startup programs.
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05 Apr 2014   #5

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

Yes reviewing or posting a screen shot of the Startup section of msconfig would be a great start to see what you have loading is the easiest way to see what's going on and what can be turned off at start,
Your security is the only thing that really needs to load with windows startup,
But to every rule there are excepting
So please post a screen shot for a better review,
Links above my signature should help you if you need them in that process,
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06 Apr 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit

I used MS Config to view my startup programs. I will decide later, after reviewing the list, what I don't want to load. Thanks for your help!
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06 Apr 2014   #7

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit

You can always ask for a second... opinion of the lists if you want too,
You know where we are
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