I said in some cases, and...
by porsche10x - 2/5/10 3:30 PM
In Reply to: Because... by rje49
I did say truly unwanted programs. However, in most cases, programs like Adobe reader, etc., are only adding unwanted processes because you told them to when you installed them (or, more likely, because you didn't tell them not to, tricky devils). If you go back and reconfigure them not to start at bootup, not to automatically update, not to automatically get new codecs when available, not to check back with the mother ship, etc., etc., then they won't be running in the background. Most programs that you rarely use, even printer and video card apps, can be configured not to start at boot up. Then you can start them when you need them like any other program. You can install your printer drivers without installing the bloatware app that goes with it. Yes, I realize that some apps can be aggressive and that you might find one indispensible. My point is that msconfig is an administrative / toubleshooting tool. Using it to manage your normal run-time environment should be a last resort, not a first one. In most cases, not all, but most, it would make much more sense to manage the problem from the source. No one thought to mention this obvious starting point, so I thought I would.
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