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Prevent Programs From Auto Starting With MSCONFIG
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Click



then



Type msconfig then click



Click on the Startup tab, then uncheck programs you donít want starting (by starting, I mean that these programs are always running, so by disabling them they wonít auto start but donít worry, these programs will still be accessible).



In XP Essential programs are loaded through something called 'Windows Services.' This means that most of the startup items you see in XP are completely optional and can be turned off.



As a good rule of thumb if you donít recognize the program name leave it on. If you see one that is blank (see below example) DEFINITELY DISABLE IT. These are usually spyware or viruses and you definitely donít want them starting with your computer. When I see these I always run a Virus Check, then scan for Spyware.





Reboot your computer and you should notice faster performance.



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Guest said:

Hi there! Awesome site! What about the "Services" tab? can't we disable some of those? Thanks!
 
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February 16, 2006
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Guest said:

i dont see anything in my startup tab...
 
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February 21, 2006
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muttoneer said:

Thanks for the very useful advice. I went to processlibrary.com to identify each file, which helped me decide what to turn off or keep on, other users may wish to do the same.
 
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April 06, 2007
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Sametz said:

Gee thanks guys, thats great, i always wanted to have to stop hitting control alt delete when the system was running too slow like google toolbar notifier, jeez. thanks
 
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January 10, 2008
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