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What programms are safe to block at startup?

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I use XP professional and bootup is slow. I keep on reading that 'stopping programms from auto bootup will help.' My question is, 'what programms can I block and how do I do it?' please remember folks, I'm an old guy, and definately not a computer whizz kid. So, please reply in a simple way if that is possible. Thanks in advance, Les
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Hi, welcome to this site
remember we are working blind so bare with us
to help others reply to your question
if you haven't mentioned it yet:
- what model of computer
- what os, XPpro or home
- how old is it

to topic then

- press keyboard buttons: winkey + r
(runbox command window appears)
- paste this in slot: msconfig
- press: enter
(msconfig window appears)
- click tab: start up
(all your startups are now visible)
(people differ, I like to keep only my protection(antivirus and firewall) starting up before arriving at post so it is a bit of research, then trial and error, here is the place to find what the start are, link below)
- keep startups you want
- disable startups you don't need
- if unsure, check the start in

O4 - Autoloading programs from Registry
StartupList Index
Startup Database Forum.
The File Database
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