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Disabling Start-Up Processes

Is there an easy way to disable some programs and processes that load with Windows? I have over 50 running, probably eating up my RAM. I don't want to remove programs, just disable some of them.

Also, on a performance issue, my IE browser started hanging a little bit about 2 weeks ago. I have to click 2-3 times on a link sometimes to get it going! I scanned with AVG and Adaware, nothing came up. SpyBot only found DSO Exploits, 5 Registry changes. Didn't mess with those. Any ideas? Should I use System Restore since I know the problem started about 2 weeks ago? What changes should I expect?

Thank you so much.

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Disabling Start-Up Processes

If you are running Windows XP you can disable programs at startup by doing this:
1 - Go start menu
2 - Click on Run and key "msconfig" (without the brackets)and press "Enter"
3 - The System Configuration Utility Window will appear. Click on the Start up Tab to disable programs.

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You can also

see what background processes are running in Msconfig by clicking the Process tab.

For more information on each running process, go here; ,

Click on the letter for each process and scroll down the list.

You can disable some services that run in the background. Goto Start > Run, type in services.msc and click OK. In the Services dialogue, click the Extended tab at the bottom, and highlight each process for more information. You can use this to decide which processes you can disable, or set to manual.

But beware, some of these services are essential for Windows XP to work properly. But some are safe to disable. EG I have disabled the first in the list, "Alerter", because it is an Administration tool to send messages to other users/computers, but since I am the only user of my PC on a small network, I don't need it.


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Hi Sunsetlover....
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Startup Cop

Try this free utility,1759,1554244,00.asp

It gives you an easy interface to stop programs from loading. Some will reload and you will need to go into the program and stop them manually, but it does a pretty good job overall.

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This covers everything ...
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Thank you!

Thank you all for the help and input.

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