You can free up memory and boost performance by putting the kibosh on unnecessary startup programs.
Every program that automatically loads when Windows starts up chews up more of your PC’s memory. The more programs that muscle their way into your startup routine, the less available memory you have to run your applications. And many programs that start up automatically don’t necessarily need to do so. How can you control your Windows startup programs? In Windows 7, you can use the System Configuration tool. In Windows 8.1 and 10, you can use the Task Manager. But if these built-in tools aren’t sufficient, you can turn to a third-party utility. Such tools as Sysinternals AutoRuns and Autorun Organizer can help you determine which programs you can kick out of your startup routine and how to give them the heave-ho. Let’s see how you can get a better handle on your Windows startup programs.
Many Windows programs like to climb onboard your startup routine. Some programs do legitimately need to launch at startup, such as anti-virus software and backup software like Microsoft OneDrive. But a lot of programs insist on starting up automatically whether or not they need to. That may be fine if you want such programs to be readily available every time you launch Windows. But having them in your startup routine typically isn’t necessary to use them. The hard part is figuring out which programs should stay in your startup routine and which ones you can safely remove.
Let’s start off with Windows 7. To see what programs are starting automatically, hold down the Windows key and press R to launch the Run command. In the Open field, type msconfig. The System Configuration tool pops up. Click on the Startup tab to see your startup programs. You can sort them by name, manufacturer, command, and other attributes.