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I've been on msconfig, I've looked through the startup but the programs don't appear there, I've also used CCleaner and gone to the start up tab but they don't appear there either. Is there any other way to stop them starting on boot up?

asked Sep 05 '11 at 19:35

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You could try and go into each program and see if there is a "run on start up" option and turn them off that way? Just out of curiosity what are the programs?

answered Sep 05 '11 at 19:44

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Use codestuff starter to disable any unneeded startup items and services (most can generally be disabled) and it will make windows much more responsive and it will also boot faster.


answered Sep 05 '11 at 19:58

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Take a look at Autoruns from Sysinternals. It covers a lot more locations than MSConfig does.


Though I would be sure of just what you are disabling before you do it.

answered Sep 05 '11 at 21:53

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Autoruns is more for users who are very experienced with startup items as it also covers the preboot items where disabling the wrong one can stop windows from booting in both normal mode and safe mode.

But if you can use it, you can really speed your bootup.

I personally use a mixture of msconfig, codestuff starter, regedit, and autoruns to monitor and keep my bootup clean.

Windows xp pro 32 bit on my 1TB WD black drive boots in about 14 seconds (The only major startup item I have that autoruns is avast) (and if needed, I will manually launch lcdsirreal for my keyboard and the logitech software if I am about to play a MMORPG game

(Sep 05 '11 at 22:49) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

The easiest to do it dude is installing WinPatrol (you can find it in filehippo or just google it.) it has the simple Option of labeling a program as

Disable - to let the program watch out if the autostart becomes enabled again or... Remove - to remove it from autostart list.

it monitors changes to your autostart programs so, your autostart will always be the same. it has more added features like Delay Start but you need license for it. i love "delay start" option because I can plan which and when in particular seconds which starts first. really my personal favorite. :))

here: http://filehippo.com/download_winpatrol/


answered Sep 06 '11 at 04:06

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**there is also winpatrol. when you install an item that wants to start with the comp you will prompted to allow or not allow. now if you use it there are runonce items that should be allowed, they are needed to finish what you are installing. there is a free and paid version.

just noticed the previous answer, LOL. one more thing winpatrol will protect your homepage from hijacking.**

answered Sep 06 '11 at 09:55

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edited Sep 06 '11 at 09:57

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