I have found in my own experience that it is often difficult for me to decide what programs are needed, which are part of the windows environment, and which are completely un-necessary. That is why I like free WinPatol so much: http://www.winpatrol.com/
After I installed Winpatrol, all I had to do was right click the scotty dog in my tray and select "Display startup info..." Scotty then 'woofed' and gave me a list of things that were set to start with
Windows. No essential processes involved.
All I needed to do was to left-click the entry I wanted to control once to highlight it, and then press the Disable
button at the lower right. The 'disabled' entry did not disappear from the list, and still ran just fine from its shortcut and .exe file. If I decided I wanted to put it back into auto-startup, all that was needed was to return to the same list, click it again and press the Enable
button. This way I was able to try things one at a time and change my mind if I didn't like the result.
Scotty the WinPatrol dog also looks out for my system's well being by warning me about stuff that shouldn't be happening without my knowing about it. Very helpful little pooch. Scotty will even disable himself from auto-start! I like it so much I paid for the 'Plus' version.
Give Scotty a try. I think you'll like him too.
Edited by 1101doc, 21 April 2008 - 08:23 PM.