Task manager is not going to help you. To remove programs from start-up you should access the startup list in msconfig and uncheck those programs you do not wish to start when the system boots, as follows:
Click the START tab (at the lower left of your screen) and then click RUN.
When presented with the RUN box type msconfig in the 'open' line and click OK. When the System Configuration Utility is displayed click the Startup tab. The list of programs run at start-up will be displayed. Uncheck only those programs you do not wish to start when you boot the system.
Note --if you don't recognize the program name as listed check the COMMAND column information, it will give you a better discription.
When you have unchecked the programs you do not wish to start at boot, click the Apply tab and reboot your computer.
That should do the job for you, and if you wish to chang your mind you can simpply go back to msconfig and recheck any program you unchecked.
In effort to clean up(speed up) I want to remove unnecessary or infrequently used programs at start-up. Two questions. How do I find out what each of the listings is? Some programs are obvious but most are so abbreviated I don't know what they are. The other question deals with the permanency of "end process". If I end the process does that remove the program permanently from start-up or will that program initiate at the next boot? I presume the only programs I should consider "end process" would be programs with my name as the user and not those with SYSTEM as user? (sorry, third question) tks for hlp pz