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    Adding a program to MSCONFIG startup

    Most of the interest in msconfig seems directed to speeding startups. I simply need to know how to add a couple of programs to every startup. Most importantly, Process Explorer.
    All help gratefully received!

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    Just put a shortcut to it in your Startup folder.

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    if necessary, follow Coochin's advice about giving any important shortcut, admin rights through the Properties Compatability area.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    if necessary, follow Coochin's advice about giving any important shortcut, admin rights through the Properties Compatability area.
    Not necessary in XP. He won't need any more rights than he did to install the program in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyl View Post
    Not necessary in XP. He won't need any more rights than he did to install the program in the first place.
    Ahhh, correct! I forgot OP's with XP
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    XP is probably the most user friendly and easy to use, since 2000. (the year, not the OS)

    From the START button, you can open the Programs menu and scan down the list to the Startup folder, which you can open and drop any shortcuts in there that you may wish to run each time you boot up your PC. (hopefully daily)

    I personally have several things that I like to put in Startup, so they will run on each boot.

    Just for general information, My own startup folder contains:

    My own XPCleanup.bat (batch file to cleanup my PC)
    A Script to force a System Restore Point
    Shortcut to my DropBox program
    Shortcut to Outlook Express, so my email program opens and gets my email as soon as I boot up my PC.

    I've found the Task Scheduler just too complex to use, whereas the Startup folder is very simple to use.

    While in MSCONFIG, click on the Boot.INI tab and do this, to shorten your boot times.

    Shorten the Boot Time in XP, Vista & Windows 7 & 8

    Go to the start button, choose run, then type msconfig and press Ok.
    On the system configuration window, choose the "Boot.INI" tab.

    Check “No Gui Boot”, then lower the timeout to a more manageable time.
    I choose 3 seconds in stead of 30. (windows won’t accept a lower number than 3)

    Next choose advanced options.
    This is where you can choose how many processors you have.
    Most modern PC's are duo core (2 processors) with some quad core (4 processors)
    then choose OK. The Windows default is only 1 core.

    Now choose apply and OK, reboot and you should see a marked decrease in boot time, and an Increase in Run-Time efficiency.


    Cheers Mates, and congratulations to those bold and brave enough to still run Windows XP.
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    Next choose advanced options.
    This is where you can choose how many processors you have.
    Most modern PC's are duo core (2 processors) with some quad core (4 processors)
    then choose OK. The Windows default is only 1 core.
    This myth has been widely disproven. See http://withinwindows.com/blog/2008/0...-with-msconfig
    as one example.

    Jerry

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    Under Process Explorer "Options" menu select "Run At Logon".

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWho View Post
    Shorten the Boot Time in XP, Vista & Windows 7 & 8

    Go to the start button, choose run, then type msconfig and press Ok.
    On the system configuration window, choose the "Boot.INI" tab.

    Check “No Gui Boot”, then lower the timeout to a more manageable time.
    I choose 3 seconds in stead of 30. (windows won’t accept a lower number than 3)
    No GUI Boot may save a few seconds but it hides error messages and any chkdsk progress: No GUI Boot tweak

    Timeout has no effect for most people as it only applies to multiple operating systems.

    Bruce

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    What's a fast boot anyway? With my two XP machines╣, I'm at my desktop in about 60 seconds from a cold boot. That gives me time to grab a fag▓, wriggle myself comfortable in the chair, and generally sort myself out. And that's with all the defaults, apart from a few minor tweaks that really don't do that much.

    Now, how do we get lift doors to close more quickly after we press a button? Or get a kettle to click off more quickly after it boils. Those are answers I'd like to see...

    Yeah, I'm behind the times. But I'm happy.
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