At one point or another, we’ve all wanted to change the start up programs that windows insists on running. There is nothing worse than waiting an eternity for those completely unnecessary programs to load before you can use your computer. It used to be pretty easy to disable start up programs, but Microsoft has made it more difficult in the most recent versions of Windows. The following are some suggestions on how you can change the start up programs for whichever version of Windows you have.
How to change the start up programs in windows XP
To access the screen where you can disable start up programs, head to the start menu. Go to the “run” program and type in “msconfig” in the available space. Click OK and this should bring up the system configuration utility. Find the start up tab at the top and click it. This will give you an entire list of the programs that are starting up when Windows loads. You can check and uncheck whichever programs you prefer, or choose to enable all or disable all programs. Once you have the proper combination of desired programs, click apply and restart your computer. You should now have a much faster start up.
How to change the start up programs in Windows Vista and Windows 7
To disable start up programs in Vista and Windows 7, you will follow the same general guidelines. Instead of finding the run button, Vista and Windows 7 provide a search bar at the bottom of the start menu. As with Windows XP, type in “msconfig” to bring up the system configuration window. Click the start up tab and uncheck whichever programs you wish to disable. You can choose to restart your computer and the changes will then take effect. Congratulations, you officially sped up your boot up time!
Generally, you can safely disable start up programs that aren’t anti-virus related. It’s usually a good idea to have your anti-virus program running at all times. Of course, this should go without saying, but you should not disable start up programs that you would like to run automatically each time you start your computer.
By taking this simple step, you can easily decrease the speed it takes to boot up your computer. Once you disable start up programs, you can free the available memory for the programs you actually like to use.