Disable Startup Programs in XP and Vista

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After using your PC for a while you may notice that it seems to take longer and longer to start up. This can be extremely annoying, especially if all you want to do is turn on your PC for a quick peek at your bank account or quickly gather some information from a letter or email. So, something that may take a minute to do, will now take 10 minutes because your PC has to load up all of those programs at startup. Having a quick-start option just for these reasons would be fantastic. Come on Microsoft!!! As of now, I will show you how to minimize those start-up times to get them closer to being acceptable.

1. For XP: Click Start -> Click Run -> Type msconfig -> Press Enter

   For Vista: Click Windows button ->In the search area, Type msconfig -> Press Enter

2. You will notice the System Configuration Utility pop-up.

3. Click on the Startup tab

4. This lists every program that starts up with Windows

5. Very carefully sort through the list. Some of it may not make sense. For example in XP: Apple‘s Quicktime program is actually called “qttask“. To disable this program from starting up, uncheck the box beside “qttask” -> Click Apply -> Restart the computer. To see a better description of each file, expand the width of the “Command” column, up near the Startup tab. I recommend only unchecking one item at a time, to make sure that nothing goes wrong during the next restart. Please be extra careful with this, as some of these files are necessary for either Windows to work correctly or maybe even your corporate software.

If you have any questions, or are hesitant on doing this, please email me and I will gladly help you through the process.

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