To remove global startup items (for all user accounts.)
Go to Start > Run > type in MSCONFIG > click OK > Startup tab. Uncheck the programs that you do not want to run at startup then click Apply > OK. Then restart the computer.
To remove startup items in a particular User's account go to Start > All Programs > Startup > and delete undsired programs.
In either case do not remove from Startup any necessary programs such as anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc. A good place to look is http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_index.htm
Or if a startup program is not listed just Google it's name. If in doubt about weather a program should be removed it may be best to leave it alone.
I am inquiring about a Dell 1500 vostro, XP Professional 2002 service pack 3. It is my roommates computer. He knows it start up is as slow as molasses and there are a few programs such as Windows live messenger and MSN that he does not want to start up with the computer. It really slows it down. So how can we get rid of those programs in the start up? But I also looked at the performance of the computer under the task manager and it is running on average at about 50% and there are a mess of programs there. I know that is not good. How can we get rid of all of this seemingly junk so the computer will run more efficiently and start up smoother? I already looked at a thread but it was dealing with another OS and I am not that computer savvy. Thanks for any help.