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Removing programs at startup

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:00 am
by redwendy
Hi all,
I am trying to help my mum with her PC which is running Windows XP. The PC is so full of programs as my MUM is not nery literate and my younger brother and sister also use it. It takes about 15 minutes to start up when you turn it on and I thought that some of that myay be caused by the fact that she has a lot of programs that boot upon start up.
In the older windows system I seem to remember that you could right click on the start bar and then remove progrmas from the start up list, however I can't seem to find that option on XP.
It doesn't help that I only use a Mac now and so I don't want to do something that will damage this PC as I am trying to help!
Many thanks for you help.

Red wendy.

Re: Removing programs at startup

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 7:17 am
by Squeezebox
There's three things you can do:

1. Look at the individual programs that are running in the Notification Area (System Tray) and configure the unnecessary ones to not launch on startup.

2. Go to Start/Run and type 'msconfig' in the box. When the Configuration Utility starts, go to the Startup tab and remove the ticks from uny unnecessary items.
(When you next start the PC, a box will pop up to remind you that you are using selective startup. Tick the box to 'don't tell me this anymore' before you close it.

3. This has solved problems with startup taking too long for many people (including me). XP tries to launch everything that is in startup at once, leading to conflicts as the programs fight for CPU/memory space.  Startup Delayer allows you to put delays on when programs start, say 1 or 2 seconds between each one. The overall effect is that, although you may have spaced startups over 30 seconds, it's quicker because there are no conflicts.

Get Startup Delayer here: ... startdelay

Re: Removing programs at startup

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 9:14 pm
by pharmashawkath
Hi there,

      You can manually start those startup applications, Use "MSCONFIG" command from start>run>.....
        Better you try this from "safe mode". Because only the default drivers will be loaded in safe mode.
        its good to disable the start up items from "safe mode".

        How to boot your computer to safe mode

1. restart the computer & keep on tapping on F8 key when you see the logo of the computer manufacturer,
2. select the adminisatrator account if you shown, or else you can logon in your account itself,

The screen will be blurred on this interface because only the default driver only loaded.

using MSCONFIG command you will open system configuration utility

uncheck the unnecceessary startup items with out your anti-virus, wireless utility, etc...
especially the files is from C:\WINDOWS....

restart the computer

if your computer still slow try the following steps

diskclean up
steps to run diskclean up
1.start>all programs>accessories>system tools>disk cleanup & select the driver C: & D: & run....

delete temp files from the temp folder
location start>run & type "temp" & press ok
a folder will open in the name of TEMP, select all the files & delete
restart the computer

Pls reply if in case your computer still slow..

Thanks & regards


Re: Removing programs at startup

Posted: Mon Jul 30, 2007 10:01 pm
by Essexboy
This way is a tad easier