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When I start up my computer, there are generally about 70 processes that are open when I go to the task manager. I've used Security Task Manager to check and label each process on my computer (what it is, what it does, how harmful it may be, how necessary it is, etc), so I know several processes that don't need to be starting up when windows starts up. But I don't know how to tell the computer "Hey, don't run those programs at startup!" So that's my question to you, geeks. How do I tell the computer which programs to start and which to not start?

Edit: From looking around, I found to look under msconfig -> startup, but that only lists 22 processes. Anyone know where I'd find the other 50, cause most of the ones listed in msconfig are ones that I want to keep.

Edited by AniDanny, 22 May 2007 - 09:40 AM.

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out of the countless items in my msconfig > startup tab, i have like 3 still left active.
im extremely liberal when limiting what starts up on that tab.
some things i can suggest ...

1. clear up your start menu > programs > startup folder.
2. clear up your msconfig > startup tab, (even more than u have).
3. one by one, click icons in your taskbar for options that read "remove icon / disable startup."
4. one of the last things i do is use hijackthis. google each instance and see if its necesary.

like i said, i am extremely liberal at taking items off these lists.
often you'll see a description "do not remove unless suspected of something bad."
99% of the time in that case, i remove it anyway.
most here may disagree with this philosophy.
of course i have made some mistakes with that mindset in the past but my computer is still smelling sweet.
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I find free WinPatrol to be the most user friendly start-up control manager: http://www.winpatrol.com/ When you "disable" something from the startup list, it is not removed from the list, and the program still functions when started manually. Other value added features as well. For what I have learned about controlling background/startup processes, with URLs of useful tools and informational sites, see my Vox: http://doc1101.vox.com/ To visit the "links," copy and paste the URLs to your browser address bar in a new tab.
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I agree with washout about using only what is essential.
Use ccleaner "tools/startup" button to see what is in startup and delete all except firewall and anti-virus.


Having 70 processes running in task manager is way too many. (30-40 is reasonable)

What services can you disable or put on manual?


good luck at improving your 'puter
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