msconfig and more:
by btljooz - 7/19/08 2:39 PM
In Reply to: Icons on tool bar by eeyore6802
Here is a simple answer to your question:
How do I turn off background programs that are interfering with system performance and software installation?
But I have a sneaking suspicion that may be geared a bit more for Vista than XP although generally applicable to both.
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In all seriousness here are some more details:
Take control of your Windows start-up
While that article says it's for Win 98 the section on msconfig is the same for XP and I feel that it will give you the info you are after. It also mentions an extremely handy little tool that I have used in the past with great ease and confidence in both Win 98se & XP(32 bit) called Tweak UI. Should you decide to try it you can get it from Microsoft here:
Simply scroll down the page until you get to Tweak UI on the right of the page to download and SAVE its zipfile to install without being on the net so you can do it without all kinds of programs running including your anti-malware arsenal. That way you run less chances of having either existing files or newly installed files corrupted...but that is another topic.
Messing around in the Registry is where you MUST be EXTREMELY cautious and know what you are doing!!! If you don't know what you're doing, the Registry is where you are guaranteed to break your system to the point of losing all data and most likely requiring a full OS re-install.
Personally; I've always been able to go into msconfig>Startup and unchecked EVERYTHING, re-booted and then installed whatever programs I needed to WITHOUT any problems. Of course, I physically disconnected the computer from the net while doing so since the anti-malware/"armor-ware" arsenal wasn't on while doing so. After installing the program(s), I simply went back into msconfig>Startup and checked only what I wanted to run in the back ground and/or see in the task bar. I then reconnected to the net.
***Therefore, if I were you I'd simply set a Restore point and then go into msconfig>Startup Tab and uncheck everything in there that you recognize and do not want in your task bar and be done with it. Just be sure to leave your Anti-virus, other Anti-malware progs and your firewall checked as you WILL need them running in the back ground to help stave off malicious attacks. You will also want to keep the "jusched" Java entry checked so that when you visit a site requiring Java to be enabled you will have it handy. On my system, my sound card offers an option that I allow to run, so you may want to consider keeping items such as these examples checked.
Most everything else in the msconfig startup list can in deed be unchecked. Just because it's unchecked doesn't mean you can't use it any more. It simply means that an unchecked program won't be running in the back ground sucking the life out of your system resources any more. You can still use the program manually.
One other thing to keep in back of your mind as your making decisions as to what to keep and what to uncheck is that (several years ago) somewhere ...I believe, in the MS site... I ran across a place where it was suggested that MS recommended that for optimum system performance only six items in the Startup Tab be checked or as low/close to that number as possible. I'm sorry that I can't find that particular article for you now, so please accept my apology for that. Maybe with a bit of digging on your part you may be able to run across that bit of info some time in your future travels on the net.
BTW: I if you don't know how to work with System Restore then find out here:
I hope at least some of this helps. GOOD LUCK!
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