How to Get Rid of Programs That Start Up with Windows

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After a few months, your new computer might begin slow down---especially during start up. Changing and removing programs that start up when Windows boots can speed up your computer and boost performance. Depending on your computer knowledge, the process might take a while but the outcome is worth it. Here are two different solutions for altering your start-up process.

Using Autoruns

  • Download Autoruns from Microsoft.com (link under Resources below). Autoruns is a program manager provided by Microsoft that aids in managing start-up programs. It is free to download and easy to use.

  • Click the Start button on the taskbar, search for Autoruns, and click it to open the program.

  • Click the "Logon" tab.

  • Browse through the list for programs unessential for start up. This varies from PC to PC, because each make, model, and brand of computer comes with different software out of the box. Each person uses his computer differently, so what one person has on his PC will differ from that of another.

  • Uncheck the box next to any program you don't want to run at start up. You can always come back and change this later. Don't uncheck anything you're unsure of. A quick Google search will let you know if it's safe to turn off a start-up program. Typically, programs like explorer.exe and the software that runs your mouse, keyboard, and soundcard should be left on.

  • Click the "Save" icon at the top-left corner of the window and close Autoruns when finished.

Using MSConfig

  • Click the Start button on the task bar and type "Run" into the search bar. Press "Enter."

  • Type "MSConfig" into the Run window and press Enter. Click the "Startup" tab.

  • Browse through the list for programs unessential for start up. This varies from PC to PC, because each make, model, and brand of computer comes with different software out of the box. Each person uses his computer differently, so what one person has on his PC will differ from that of another.

  • Uncheck the box next to any program you don't want to run at start up. You can always come back and change this later. Don't uncheck anything you're unsure of. A quick Google search will let you know if it's safe to turn off a start-up program. Typically, programs like explorer.exe and the software that runs your mouse, keyboard, and soundcard should be left on.

  • Click "Apply" and "OK" when you're finished. Your computer will prompt you to restart.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful of the programs you deactivate and take note of what you do. This way you can easily determine what caused the problem--if something goes wrong.

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