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Start Ups on XP

penneck
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Start Ups on XP

My pc has Win XP Pro. Should it have a list of processes that start running when I boot the pc up (a list that I can go into and stop anything that I don't want to start), and where would I find it?
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MrT
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Re: Start Ups on XP

With my Windows XP Home, I use Autoruns available from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902(v=msdn.10).aspx  Smiley
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Re: Start Ups on XP

Hia, Another program you could consider is CCleaner, you can stop processes starting  up via its tools section
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Re: Start Ups on XP

Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services. What shows as 'Automatic' will start at bootup.
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Re: Start Ups on XP

OR Start > Run > msconfig will also show you a list of things running on startup including the services. On win98 it's msinfo32 (can't remember WinMe) but those older systems didn't have services afaik.
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Re: Start Ups on XP

ctrl+alt+del start task manager select services  Smiley
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Re: Start Ups on XP

That only lets you crash them, not disable them.
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Re: Start Ups on XP

Of all the methods, I find Autoruns to be the easiest to use.
Select the 'Logon' tab for startups,
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Re: Start Ups on XP

Quote from: MrT
With my Windows XP Home, I use Autoruns available from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902(v=msdn.10).aspx  Smiley

Indeed, Autoruns from SysInternals is a really great tool for looking under the hood. It's amazing how much stuff loads on startup - including all of that bloatware from Sony/Dell/HP etc. With Autoruns you can switch it out.
The other most usefull gadget from SysInternals is Process Explorer
This shows Windows processes in real time as they are created, live and decay. You can identify which DDLs each process uses too. Or you can just sit their and watch the pretty colours. Just one caveat is Process Explorer may trip an Anti Virus alarm - it requires higher privilages than the current user may have. But that's not a problem as SysInternals stuff is trusted.
Process Explorer : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896653
Another cool one to try is TCP View which lets you see your computer's TCP/UDP endpoints. Very handy for seeing where all that internet traffic is really going. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897437
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Re: Start Ups on XP

To see what services are doing and whether you really need them or can disable them have a good read here.
http://www.blackviper.com/service-configurations/black-vipers-windows-xp-x86-32-bit-service-pack-3-s...
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Re: Start Ups on XP

Thanks to all for your help