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Stop programs from opening on startup.

by bluebird212 / April 23, 2004 9:33 AM PDT

When I start up my computer I have several programs that startup and I have to close them all out before I can start the program I want to run. I have icons in my taskbar that I would like to remove also because I'm told that it slows down my computer. Explanations in layman terms please.

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Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by cadcamjim / April 23, 2004 9:47 AM PDT

Click, START, Run..., type msconfig then click OK.
Go to the startup tab, and de-select any applications that you don't want to start automatically. Click OK when done. When windows restarts, you'll get a dialog box asking if you want to see this "message" at startup. Click the "Do not show...." box and that's it. To help decide what you want to un-check on the startup tab, it helps to be able to see the entire command path and location. You can re-size the columns by clicking and dragging on the line between the column headers, and also use the horizontal scroll bar. You can't make the window any larger, unfortunately; a little oversight by the code-writers of XP methinks Wink

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Re:Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by allenorgprof / April 24, 2004 4:01 AM PDT

Thank you for your answer to that question. I have been trying to figure it too. If I want to redo the process, can I recheck the programs involved so they will once again be there on start up?

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Re:Re:Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by Tufenuf / April 24, 2004 7:31 AM PDT

allenorgprof asked: "If I want to redo the process, can I recheck the programs involved so they will once again be there on start up?"

The answer to that question is "Yes".

Tufenuf

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Re:Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by Joyce a / April 24, 2004 10:25 AM PDT

I understand how to stop programs from starting but what I would like to know is which programs must be left in the start up list, if any. I'm always afraid to uncheck something I don't recognize for fear it's needed. Does anything have to be left on the start up list. Thanks guys.

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Re:Re:Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by glb613 / April 24, 2004 10:56 AM PDT

Do a Google search for a list of common programs found in the startup group. You may find some peripherals or programs stop working correctly if removed. When I have an entry I don't know and can't find any information, I leave it. Be sure to keep the ones associated with your antivirus program and firewall.

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by Joyce a / April 24, 2004 11:09 AM PDT

Thanks glb, I'll do that. Seems I have a ton of stuff on the start up and I know I don't need it all but was too much of a coward to even try deleting. :o) thanks again.

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Re:Re:Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by Tufenuf / April 24, 2004 11:11 AM PDT

Joyce, The link below should be of some help to you.

http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm

http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php

This applys to the list in the second link:

Key


"Y" - Normally leave to run at start-up

"N" - Not required - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary

"U" - User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary

"X" - Definitely not required - typically viruses, spyware, adware and "resource hogs"

"?" - Unknown

HTH,
Tufenuf

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by Joyce a / April 24, 2004 11:36 AM PDT

Tufenuf, thank you soooo much. That's just what I needed, a kindergarten version. :o) I'm gonna start working on it right away. Thanks again.

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by Joyce a / April 24, 2004 11:42 AM PDT

OH! NO! When I clicked on the start up tab in msconfig all I find is Start up Item....Command...Location. No Status or description. Have I done something wrong. Running XP.

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Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Stop programs from opening on startup.
by Tufenuf / April 24, 2004 12:18 PM PDT

Joyce, Did you by chance click the "Disable All" button? You don't want to do that. Go into msconfig again and see if you can click the "Enable All" button. Hopefully that should bring back the entries. All you want to do is uncheck what you don't want to run at startup then click Apply/OK and restart your computer.

Tufenuf

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