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Utilities recommendations by our members:
Note to our readers: Many user submissions this week included their recommendations for utilities that deal with deleting msconfig files. These program recommendations have NOT been validated by us, so please use caution and your best judgment when downloading and using these programs. Use at your own risk. Thank you
5 members recommended Startup Control Panel by Mike Lin (www.mlin.net)
Editing the registry is tricky and not recommended. Instead there is a great little (34KB) freeware program written by Mike Lin. Go to www.mlin.net and download Startup Control Panel. It works with all versions of Windows and is very easy to use.
Submitted by: George L. of Tucson, AZ
The easiest way to remove programs from "startup" in MSCONFIG is to use a
startup editor called STARTUP CONTROL PANEL which was written by Mike Lin.
This is freeware and can be downloaded from http://www/mlin.net. The other
way is to manually edit the registry which can be risky!
Submitted by: Claude E. Walnut, CA
Personally, I am using the Startup Control Panel at
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml since years.
It is the best program I have found so far to control startup items and it
comes as a control panel applet or an exe file. You can disable, enable,
move, edit, delete and create new items as well as start a program on the
spot. Handy for the power user if you stopped a running background task that
was started from the registry on boot and you need to re-start it.
Submitted by: Mark K.
The best way to control your startup items that start with your computer is through a freeware program called ?Startup Control Panel?.
A quick search at google will reveal it as the first returned item. The program itself is extremely light weight and if memory serves correctly is less than 100kb in size. It comes in two versions, one that integrates with the control panel and a stand alone version.
I use the control panel one simply because the program is so amazing and such a useful tool. After installing any software I usually make this my next port of call to make sure the program has not set itself up to boot with windows or do anything else that would compromise the performance of my PC.
Once you are in the software it is extremely simple to use and breaks down all the items that boot with your computer into the 5 sections that they can be loaded from on your PC.
Items can simply be unchecked to disable them or deleted to stop them booting again.
An extremely nice feature of this program however is that it has it?s own ?recycle bin? for all deleted items so that even after you delete an item, it keeps a record of it so the deleted item can be restored easily in the event of any problems.
Items can also be easily moved between the different loading points easily so you can change a program from being loaded up by the ?Startup? folder in windows and instead move it so it is loaded from the registry.
Overall the program is fast powerful and compact and easy to use for both beginners and experts alike and does exactly what it is meant to do perfectly.
In five years I have yet to find a better program for the task.
Submitted by: Nila
There is an application that i install on every computer I work on. It's a freeware program, small, thin and incorporates itself into the control panel as if it had alwas been there. It's Mike Lin's "Startup Control Panel" you can download it from his web site, http://www.mlin.net with the direct link to the file being http://www.mlin.net/files/StartupCPL.zip Alternately, you could use a program like TweakUI for XP but that program and others like it are overkill for achieving what should be a very basic task. Startup Control Panel allopws you to see what is registered to start under each different registered autostart type on your computer, and lets you either just temporarily disable those items or remove them altogether. It also allows you to add new items TO autostart or launch anything in these sections on demand.
It works just as well on all versions of Windoww from 95 to XP. When used in conjunction with his also free plug-in "Startup Monitor", which will warn you if any application tries to register itself to autostart at boot, you can have full control of what runs when your computer starts.
Submitted by: Father Storm
know this isn't the fancy schmancy answer you are looking for but this works. Go to http://www.startupmechanic.com, download the FREE program Startup Mechanic, open it on your computer, do the scan and start cleaning it up. This is a useful program. After downloading upgrades for Instant Messengers or browsers or music downloaders it is good to check if anything new is in the start up area. Start up mechanic will not stop anything from working it only stops things from loading on startup. I know it is not what you want but this is the solution.
Submitted by: Jim F.
RE: Clean up MSConfig records
The easiest way I know of to cleanup up the mess MSConfig makes is with a program called 'XQ-Setup.' It can be downloaded at CNet's download.com or from it's own website (http://www.x-setup.net/). With this program you can temporarily disable any programs that are started via the registry or take them out of the registry startup list altogether, including those that have been disabled by MSConfig.
Once you've cleaned up the list of files loaded by the registry, use XQ-Setup instead of MSConfig to disable, enable, or delete programs started by the registry. It also has an array of other XP 'tweaks' and it's user-friendly interface make it more useable than other XP 'tweaking' programs.
Submitted by: David
To solve the problem of not only cleaning out Windows XP misconfig selection start-up menu, but basically cleaning your entire computer of junk, visit the site below for a program called "CCleaner". Out of all the freeware I've tried/used in the past, this is the most amzing and time saving program I've ran into. The best thing...it allows you to review everything selected as junk before deleting. Even allows you to save the registry in case you delete something that later causes problems. I know alot of folks are aware of the program because it's on just about every XP forum that I've visited. This is primarily for those that do not know of the program. Hope it helps.
Submitted by: Ben S.
One good and safe way to clean out Windows XP is a small downloadable program
called REGSCRUBXP by Lexun freeware. It searches out the registry file in XP in
search of unused or incomplete files and will repair or delete them.
Submitted by: Jose S.
Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly
Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?