How to Clean up a Windows Startup Menu

When you turn on your computer, an onslaught of applications run at start-up, which can cause your computer to become sluggish and even unresponsive. Utilizing Microsoft System Configuration Utility, you will be able to configure the programs that run at start-up.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft System Configuration Utility


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      Click on "Start" located on the lower left corner of your screen. Click on "Run" and type in "MSCONFIG" without the quotations. Click on "OK." Microsoft System Configuration Utility is a Windows tool that allows you to configure computer components, like programs that automatically load at start-up.

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      On the Microsoft System Configuration Utility menu, click on "Startup." The utility tool will compile a list of all programs that start when your computer boots.

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      Uncheck any programs that you do not want to run at start-up. Little repercussions will occur if you disable all programs, but your computer will load faster at start-up. Some of these repercussions can be as simple as your favorite program not automatically running at start-up. Use personal judgement to determine what programs you want to see at start-up. However, you should enable anti-virus and anti-spyware programs at all times. Enabling security programs will ensure that your computer is protected from computer viruses. Click on "Apply" then "OK" to complete the process.

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