Which Programs Can I Remove From Startup Services?

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Stop startup programs to improve performance.

Windows has a startup section that loads programs each time a user turns on the computer. The startup programs are managed by the "MS Config" utility. Too many startup programs cause performance to suffer on the computer. Some programs loaded from the startup menu are disabled to improve computer performance and free up random access memory (RAM).

  1. Update Detectors

    • Some software such as Java and Adobe place update detection software in the startup services for Windows. These programs run in the background and access the Internet looking for software patches for the applications. These programs not only degrade the performance on the computer, but they also take up bandwidth and slow down the Internet connection. This does not include the Windows update application, which also runs in the background and downloads the latest patches for the operating system. This program should be left active, so the computer keeps the latest patches installed on the machine. These patches fix Windows issues and protect the machine from the latest malware.

    Mobile Phone Sync Programs

    • Blackberry, Windows Mobile, iPhone and other mobile devices provide users with sync programs that run each time the computer boots. These applications help users sync mobile phone contacts, messages and notes to the computer. Some applications sync the Outlook calendar and events. The software runs in the startup directory to scan the computer for mobile phone connections. To improve performance, these programs can be removed and started manually when the user wants to sync a mobile phone. Some of these programs are shown in the Windows task bar, so the user can stop them from starting through the mobile phone software configuration manager.

    Printer Software

    • Some printer manufactures such as Hewlett Packard (HP) install printer software that loads each time the computer is started. The printer software is used to detect low ink in the printer's cartridge. The software leaves an alert in the Windows task bar when ink is low, regardless if the user is currently printing. The software may interrupt other software, so some users see these applications as an annoyance. Each time a job is sent to the printer, the print drivers check ink levels, so these detection applications can be removed from the startup directory.

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