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Q: Slow startup - Too many programs running at startup

troubleshooter says startup is slow because my computer is programmed to run programs at startup that slow it down.  What programs can i safely disable and once disabled, how , when, and where do i re-enable them?  p.s. i am almost completely computer illiterate.

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A:

Hi,

You can use these to control what programs startup. Many that install themselves into
StartUp do not really need to be there. Such as Acrobat Reader (Adobe), WinAmp Agent,
and many others which load pieces of themselves to start faster (not an issue on today's
machines) and to be sure they can control the files they support (to be sure you continue
to use only them). Those are only common examples and not meant as a slam on those
fine programs.

How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or Windows 7
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929135 

How to Change, Add, or Remove Startup Programs in Windows 7
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1401-startup-programs-change.html 

Autoruns - Free - See what programs are configured to startup automatically when your
system boots and you login. Autoruns also shows you the full list of Registry and file
locations where applications can configure auto-start settings.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963902.aspx 

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Performance and Maintenance Tips
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-performance/welcome-to-the-performance-and-maintenance-forum/19e5d6c3-bf07-49ac-a2fa-6718c988f125

Hope this helps.


Rob Brown - MS MVP - Windows Desktop Experience : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP - Windows and Devices for IT 2010 - current
Windows Insider MVP 2016 - current

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