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Where do I find all the places that automatically start programs on my Windows computer? 

by on December 16, 2012

Q: Besides MSCONFIG and the Startup folder, where can you make a program start automatically

 
 

How can I stop magnifier and audio accessibility from starting on startup? 

by on April 24, 2012

Q: How can I stop magnifier and audio¬†accessibility¬†to stop coming on at start up i have decided i don’t need them?

 
 

Is there anyway to remove programs that were uninstalled from my startup configuration? 

by on January 31, 2012

Q: I deleted the weather channel from my computer and also rainlendar, but the programs remain on my startup configuration system. I unchecked them. Is there any way to remove them or doesn’t it matter as long as I have them unchecked?

 
 

How come my Asus Eee900HD PC won’t startup? 

by on December 4, 2009

Q: I have a Asus Eee900HD PC and it won’t start up even after I hit the Start up Normally button nothing happens. What can I do to fix this?

 
 

How do you turn off the start in safe mode only tab in msconfig when Windows will not start up? 

by on October 23, 2009

Q: How do you turn off the start in safe mode only tab in msconfig when Windows will not start up?

 
 

Why do I get a dialog box that reads Windows Essencials (sic) Media Codecs Update Service on startup? 

by on February 8, 2009

Q: A couple of weeks ago, I had something odd pop up on my screen at re-start. A dialog box that reads: “Windows Essencials (sic) Media Codecs Update Service” then proceeds to list a laundry list of codecs with misspellings such as “AVI Splitrer”. When “X” off the box, it pops up “Are you sure?” Have I got something nasty that is going to get nastier if someone inadvertently clicks to install when I don’t happen to be in front of it (read: wife, child)?

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Which programs can I disable at start up to free up more RAM? 

by on February 2, 2009

Q: Running Compaq Presario SR1010NX 769 MB DDR SDRAM 40 GB hard drive. The last two days, I have gotten a “low virtual memory” message 3 times while using internet explorer. I think I have too much stuff running on my computer (that I don’t use or need). When I type in MSCONFIG, and startup, I see the following checked:
ps2
KBD
hisser
hkcmd
qttask
ALCXMNTR.EXE (pretty sure that’s an old dial up modem I have DSL now)
LTMSG
jusched
ccApp
osCheck
realsched
Reader_sl
ctfmon
Event Planner Rem

which of these can I uncheck?

On the MSCONFIG services tab, I see a whole boat load of stuff running that I know I don’t use, like cryptographic services, error reporting, remote registry etc. etc. etc. Can anything be done to turn these off?

Any help/advise on the low virtual memory thing would be really appreciated.

 
 

Booting Up My Computer Takes Forever 

by on January 23, 2008

Q: Why does my laptop take so long to boot up? It takes about 5 minutes to boot from switching on!

A: Typically when you encounter a slow boot up time it is a result of there being to many items in your startup folder. When you install a program most of them have the option selected to start at boot up by default and if you do not unselect that option you will begin to accumulate a large number of software programs that launch when the machine boots up thus causing a serious delay in the amount of time it takes to boot up.

I would recommend that you look at your Startup folder, which can be found by going to Start -> All Programs. From here you can right click on each program and select delete. This will not delete the program itself but will stop the program from running at startup and that should help significantly in the performance of your machine.

For more detailed information we suggestion reading How To Stop Programs From Starting Automatically In Windows as it gives a few other options on how to stop these programs from starting as well.