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This utility is supposed to make it easy, otherwise it calls for a
registry edit:
http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [PCSOFT] Windows Task Manager
From: "Chartermi.net" <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, February 11, 2010 3:44 pm
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How do you get rid of the unchecked items in your Msconfig startup ?
 




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Subject: Re: [PCSOFT] Windows Task Manager


Brenda wrote:
>Are all of these processes running.>>


Yes.

> Are they all necessary. >>

No.

A good rule of thumb is that the fewer processes you have running in the

background, the faster your computer will be. More importantly, it will 
also be much more reliable in the long run as there's less likelihood of

any software conflicts.

Unfortunately, a lot of modern software puts itself into your startups
when 
you install it, whether you need it there or not. Good software should 
always ask you.

Apple and Adobe programs such as Quicktime, ITunes, and Adobe pdf reader

are even worse, because whenever you take them out of startups, they
will 
very rudely put themselves back in the next time you open them, so that 
they are always partially running and taking up memory even if you only
use 
them once in a blue moon.

There are much better behaved alternatives.

The only things which are really essential are your internet security 
programs such as antivirus and anti spyware, and any wireless software
you 
might need for internet or network connections.

XP has an elementary startup manager in Msconfig from which you can
control 
these things.

Whenever troubleshooting most computer problems, the first thing I do go
to 
Start menu/Run and type msconfig. Open its startup tab at the top and 
untick everything except security software. Msconfig is failsafe in that
it 
won't allow you to untick any vital system files, so it's quite safe to
use.

You can always re-tick any items later, they won't disappear from the
list.

Reboot and see if you're missing anything. Chances are that you won't 
notice any difference except that your computer may now be more
responsive 
to your commands.

If you're missing anything vital, open msconfig again and re-tick that
item.

Be particularly ruthless about disabling any items in msconfig you don't

recognise. Spyware sometimes shows up under strange names (and can 
sometimes show as important-sounding names, too). But in general most 
spyware and trojans won't show up at all in msconfig, so if your
computer 
or browsing is still slow, its a sign there are hidden infections.

There are better startup control programs, such as Autoruns. That one
shows 
ALL startup items, including vital Windows items, so use it at your
peril, 
as unticking anything here CAN disable your entire computer from 
booting----I know, 'cos I've done it (unticked Winlogon, just to see
what 
would happen)! Autoruns is useful for tracing malware or driver
conflicts. 
Mike Lin's "Startup Control Panel" is a popular and safe one to use.
Both 
are freeware.

It's good computer practice to monitor your startups regularly.

Laptops may be a little different, in that they often have proprietary 
makers software running in the background to make more efficient battery

use, etc. Be cautious about disabling any of the makers items if you
have a 
laptop. But some of it's junk, too.

Don Penlington


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