How To Disable Startup Programs In Windows 7, Vista And XP

Over time as you install more and more software you may start to notice that it takes longer and longer for your computer to startup. More likely than not, this is probably because many applications these days hook into your Windows Startup process and automatically load up each time you start your computer. For some applications, that’s a good thing (Anti-Virus, Firewall, etc…) and I’m OK with it, however for the majority of apps out there it’s just a resource suck which are doing nothing more than taking up memory, CPU and extending my startup times.

As always, we have a solution out there! By using the Microsoft Configuration tool (
msconfig.exe) we can quickly and easily audit what’s running at startup and disable the things we would prefer to just start manually after boot.

What is the MSConfig Utility?
MsConfig.exe has been around for awhile. It’s a Microsoft built utility so you can trust it as well. Essentially it’s used to reconfigure your startup items within all Windows 7, Vista, or XP as well as several other things so you need to be careful (I thought of the spiderman reference here “With great power comes great responsibility”) as you play around with it. If you stick to the Step-by-Step How-To below, you should be fine.

How To Disable Startup Applications In Windows
1. Click the Start Menu Orb then in the search box Type msconfig and Press Enter or Click the msconfig.exe program link.

2. From within the System Configuration tool, Click Startup tab and then Uncheck the program boxes that you would like to prevent from starting when Windows starts. Click OK to save changes when you are done.

3. Now that you’ve saved changes Restart Windows and the selected programs should no longer automatically start up. That’s all there is to it!


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