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How do you find what programs start automatically at bootup?

penneck
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How do you find what programs start automatically at bootup?

I want to check these things in case any downloads have installed starting at bootup that dont need to start then.
Will stopping these improve my pc speed?
Thanks in advance
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thisoldman
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Re: How do you find what programs start automatically at bootup?

start>run>msconfig
in panel that appears go to startup and untick what you dont need to start  then
go to services tab and do the same      click apply when finished
penneck
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Re: How do you find what programs start automatically at bootup?

Thanks
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Re: How do you find what programs start automatically at bootup?

There is a program called "Autoruns" http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx that does a vastly more comprehensive job than msconfig but the problem with either program is that you get no indication what the start-up programs actually do.  Disabling the wrong ones, particularly the Microsoft ones could stop you computer from loading Windows in the worst case.
mossgrove
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Re: How do you find what programs start automatically at bootup?

Startup Inspector from http://www.windowsstartup.com/ has a reasonable database of program functions and gives you the option to disable or permanenetly remove startup programs.
mentalist3d
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Re: How do you find what programs start automatically at bootup?

CClesaner is also good for showing you what programs start automaticaly on boot and and allowing you to disable them.
penneck
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Re: How do you find what programs start automatically at bootup?

Thanks to all. You have given me lots to look at.