Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/173347/beginner-geek-everything-you-need-to-know-about-disabling-startup-programs-on-windows/
Programs that automatically start with Windows can slow down your computer’s boot time, making you wait to get a useful desktop while icon after icon loads into your system tray. Fortunately, it’s possible to prevent these programs from automatically starting.
I have always used this program, Startup Control Panel
it is a very handy tool and has a program that can be used along side, Startup Monitor.
Startup Monitor runs in the background and any time a program tries to insert itself into your startup routine it flashes a warning giving you the option to enable or disable the program in question.
A number of programs and softwares will add themselves to the Start Menu during the installation process - and will do so silently and without informing you during the installation.
For the past ten years, my experience has been that the best third-party program to help monitor, disable, and - most importantly - prevent a program from installing itself as a startup - is WinPatrol - which also includes a "Delayed Startup" option which allows you to place a program "on hold" for a minute or two during the system boot and startup.
There are two versions of WinPatrol - Free and a "Pro" version which is a one-time fee which comes with lifetime updates.
The developer of WinPatrol is a Microsoft MSVP, and you can read about and download the program directly from his website.
IMO, the "delayed start" feature is more harm less use. Startup means programs initializing, programs initializing means programs using more CPU, HDD and RAM. Programs using more CPU, HDD and RAM mean a slower overall system. If you have an Ivy Bridge i5 or above, it's useless. If you have anything below that, it's harmful.
Oh dear, another HTG article I disagree with...
I have 31 icons in my system tray - some are normal Windows programs (firewall, anti-virus, network) but most are programs I run from my startup folder.
I use "Tech-Pro Utilities" Startup Manager to start them one by one, instead of letting them all fight it out for CPU time and using up unnecessary amounts of CPU time context-switching. I usually make a cup of coffee while my PC is starting. (It also does backups at that time).
Everything works as it should, none of the processes causes a problem with any others, and they all work happily in my 4GB of RAM.
Those things aren't so much CPU bound as they're disk bound. A hard drive seeking to a ton of different places is nowhere near as fast as a SSD would do. If anything, having a SSD for boot would allow the CPU to be used more effectively. These days applications just aren't nearly as CPU bound as they used to be.
IMHO, even a ye olde i3 (read: first gen) will be significantly faster with a SSD as a boot drive compared to a Haswell i7 on spinning media.
Sysinternals Autoruns: "This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them."
Ah, then, I see my problem. My laptop uses a 5400 rpm HDD. I'd switch to an SSD, but the cost of a 120 GB one would be pretty high, and I really don't have too many HDD bays.
My laptop came with a 5400 rpm drive too. Its a Samsung 7 series I bought last summer - admittedly with an i7 and 8GB of RAM. BUT, even with very aggressive disabling of start-up programs, the boot time was just abysmal. I literally had the bare minimum on startup - Dropbox was the only third party application on boot.
So I bought a HDD caddy and swapped out my optical drive for a shiny new Samsung 840 Pro, and never looked back. My boot times went from upwards of 1 minute with the bare minimum to under 10 seconds with all the startup programs intact. I never use an optical drive anyway, so it was the perfect upgrade. Besides, downloading from the internet is significantly faster than reading the same file off a disk...
Problem is... I do use the optical drive, so I can't swap it out. And as I said, SSD = way too much cost for me.
Do yourself a favour and try and save up $95.00 and get yourself an SSD. It will be the best investment you will ever make
@Archie88 I know. Believe me, I know. But when you're stuck with a phone that does nothing other than vibrating (even the screen doesn't turn on), your priorities are different. If the phone hadn't stopped working suddenly, I'd be using an SSD right now. But, no. The phone has to reboot endlessly just when I want to save money for the drive. Well, right now the $100 I have will be used for a phone, not an SSD. No SSD for NSD.
Was that a rant?
Revo Uninstaller works well for me, helped me disable a really annoying unidentifiable startup program on my machine that was annoying me for months.
You can also do this via file explorer
1. Copy and paste into your address bar "Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools"
2. Open "System Configuration"
3. Click the "Startup" tab
There will be a list of programs that run at startup
EDIT:This only works on Windows 7
Why did you leave out he most basic tool of all? MSConfig
You have to run it manually (there's no Start menu icon for it), but it's the one tool that comes in pretty much all Windows installations.
click Start, select Run, then type "msconfig" and click Ok. (On Windows 7, just click Start and type "msconfig".)
you can also get Administrative Tools by right-clicking on the task bar and turning on the link.
Right-Click Task Bar -> Properties -> Start Menu -> Customize
Scroll down to System Administrative Tools (3rd option from the bottom. Just jam the scroll bar all the way down) and select either "Display on the all programs menu" or "Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu"
I use 3rd party program to manage startups. silly move, huh?
I use WinPatrol to monitor the programs that automatically launch when you start Windows. It reports new programs that are added as well as normally added ones that are removed.
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