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How do I check my pc to see what programs are loaded on start up?

On start up, my pc loads slowly and I know it must be do to some programs running in the background. How can I control
what programs load up on start up ? I’m using Microsoft Windows XP. Also, I have about 50 shortcuts on my desktop.
I use about 25 of them daily. Any suggestions ? Thanks !!

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9 Responses to “How do I check my pc to see what programs are loaded on start up?”

  1. Soccer Boi said :


  2. KeWr said :

    Start > Run, type in “msconfig”, then check the “startup” tab on the window that pops up.

    I load all the stuff I use all the time on the quick-launch bar, then trash the desktop icon. Making a junk folder and putting other seldom used stuff in there also cleans up the desktop a bit.

  3. Oscar said :

    startup folder on your pc or open command prompt and type msconfig… go to startup and you can see all the programs loading up on startup * don’t mess with anything if you don’t know your way around there *

  4. FalconPrey said :

    you can go to: start>run> type: msconfig> go to the start up section on the top and uncheck the unwanted programs. leave checked like your firewall, etc

  5. Rybo said :

    Start – Programs – Startup

    However, be warned that some software may not show up in this window that does start up when the computer does.

    check out and download that…it looks nice and it motivate you to keep your desktop clean because it looks so nice by itself…generally, only keep those icons on your desktop that you use every day

  6. Moocman said :

    This is a great program called Advanced Windows Care Personal 2. This program is free, tells you what items boot with startup, and removes useless files, viruses, and useless Reg keys.

  7. Taylor said :

    Start -run- msconfig- startup- uncheck which one you don’t want to run on start up.

    For the icons that you don’t use you could delete them if you never use them, and you can make an “unused icons” folder on the desktop so they are easily accessed when you need them.

  8. Scottie said :

    I have Windows XP. To find out what programs are running at Startup do the following: Click “Start”, then click “Run”. In the “Run Dialog Box” type: msconfig and then click OK. The “System Configuration Utility” window will open. Click on the “Startup” tab to see what programs/processes are running at startup. You can disable any programs not needed by unchecking the box – when you are through click “Apply”, then “OK”. Your system may not ask you to restart your computer, but it is always a good idea to do so.

    Also, and this is very important, before you disable any applications/processes, make sure you know what they are and whether or not they are needed by Windows (or any other programs) in your Startup . I always use Paul Collins “Startup Application List” at Spybot also uses Paul Collins, which is how I found this web site. The instructions are easy to follow – and there is a tutorial, although I found it very easy to use. Just copy the names of applications in your Startup that you want to check – type the name of the application in the search box – and the result will tell you what this application does, and what program it is associated with. A “Keys” system is used and provided in each result to help you know what programs you should leave, what programs are not necessary, etc.:

    “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

    Here is the link at “ – (Paul Collins) Startup Applications List”:

    As for your desktop shortcuts, if you don’t want to delete any (50 is a lot!), try this – create a “My Desk Top” folder and move any of the shortcuts that you do not use often into the folder.

  9. Jess W said :

    There is a startup folder in Documents and Settings it is associated to whatever user you are, just copy the programs (shortcuts) you want to start in there.


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