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    In checking, I have noticed that I have a considerable number of items loaded at startup. I have disabled all that I know of, but am afraid to delete others. Is their a list of items that I can disable at startup? It seems that all programs want to place themselves in startup. What happened to the good old days of Window 3.0 when we got to choose what would and would not run?

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    There will be no specific list as the software envirnments of computers differs widely.
    Post your startup list and we may be able to advise your further.


    You may be able to choose what is starting up by going directly to the specific program's applications properties and configuring them from there.
    If that does not work, or if a specific application does not offer such options, then Window's own "msconfig" will usually do the job.

    Another method of checking would be Sysinternal Autoruns, but the prefered method of reigning in these start up issues would be proper configuration of the specific application from within it's own properties options.

    If you are unsure of a specific start up item in the list try googling the name for more specific information.
    That is usually the gold standard with regard to querying seemingly weird startup names.
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    Unfortunately, any time you install an app, the app believes it is so important it MUST start with Windows. BS. I have only 4 apps starting at Windows start up. My MSE AV/AM app, My laptop Touchpad app, an app that helps me control the Windows firewall more easily and an app that allows me to send texts from my PC through my Blackberry phone via bluetooth. That's it. I used to only have the first 2. You DO NOT need to have Adobe or MS Office or Java updater or any number of other items running in the background, I have found that elliminating all the junk starting with Windows speeds up my PC much more than the extra time it takes opening apps when I really need them to run. In other words the time gained is far more than the time lost.
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    A good place to check your startup entries is http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php Each entry comes with one of the following recommendations:

    Y" - Normally leave to run at start-up
    "N" - Not required or not recommended - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary
    "U" - User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary
    "X" - Definitely not required - typically viruses, spyware, adware and "resource hogs"
    "?" - Unknown

    If you don't find your startup entry there, try a Goggle or bing search. A lot of items will not affect performance measurably but a few will. many will periodically check for updates so if you disable them, you will have to remember to do it yourself.

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    If the link in Post #4 is not working, try this ....
    Startup Applications List


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    Thanks guys.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Witalka View Post
    A good place to check your startup entries is http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php. Each entry comes with one of the following recommendations:
    Jerry,
    Hello... Could you please check your link, as it does not work for me. Thanks Regards Fred
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred J Usack View Post
    Jerry,
    Hello... Could you please check your link, as it does not work for me. Thanks Regards Fred
    I changed the link. I removed the period at the end of the sentence. Should work OK now.

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    Yes, I added a period without a space after the URL by mistake. Sorry about that.

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    You can also visit this site for advice on what needs to run and how to disable the ones you want to stop.
    http://www.blackviper.com/

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