How-To Prevent Programs from Starting when Windows Starts, Using MSConfig



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A major problem I hear from people a lot is that their computer takes “forever” to start (loading Windows). Some of them think it is due to a virus. Many times it is not a virus slowing down their computer but in fact this problem is due to many non-harmful programs that have been installed by the user.


You may not notice it but as the weeks, months or even years pass you install a lot of programs onto your computer. During the installation process a lot of these programs setup themselves to automatically start when Windows starts. Over time many programs you have installed are automatically starting in the background each time you start or restart your Windows PC. This will cause your XP, Vista, 7 and Win 8 computers to start-up painfully slow.

When Windows XP was new I learned a free method of disabling programs from automatically starting up when XP starts. When I upgraded to Windows Vista and then 7 I was happy to learn that this exact method carried over. Windows XP, Vista and 7 have a built-in utility named “Microsoft System Configuration Utility” aka “MSConfig”. One of the features of this utility is that it allows you to easily disable programs from starting up when Windows 7, Vista or XP starts.

In the following Windows 7, Vista and XP MSConfig video tutorial I will take you step-by-step and you will easily learn the following…
1. How-To access the Run command dialogue box by searching through the Start Menu. (The video shows one method. Another method to access it is to Hold-Down the Windows Logo Key on the bottom-left of your keyboard and then pressing the “R” key.)
2. How-To access the MSConfig utility by typing “msconfig” into the Run dialogue box and hitting the “Enter” key
3. How-To disable programs from automatically starting up when Windows XP or Vista Starts via MSConfig



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