Customize Your Windows Start Up Programs

An article about a useful Microsoft utility.

MSconfig is a rather useful utility that comes with Microsoft windows. The way msconfig works is rather simple. When your computer starts up, there are a number of programs and services that start along with your windows operating system. MSconfig allows you to choose which of the programs and services you would like to have start up. It also provides you with links to several other utilities such as your de-fragment and disk clean up.

If you get tired of your computer taking ten minutes to start up because of numerous programs beginning at the same time, msconfig may be the solution to your problem. For instance, if you have three or four instant messengers that beginning along with your computer start up, you can choose to have those programs not start with windows start up. Then you can individually open the programs after your computer starts. Also, the utility is useful if you have a program that causes problems as your computer starts. You can select that only essential programs start as your computer starts up, and you can then work backwards using the process of elimination to determine which of the programs is causing the issue.

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MSconfig is easily accessed on your computer. If you have Windows XP, you can access it through Command Prompt by typing in msconfig and pressing enter. On Microsoft Vista, it can be accessed by typing in msconfig in the search bar.

Informative and helpful, Thomas.


I had been wondering how I could stop all those little extra programs loading. Thanks.

Shailendra Bhandari

Great job sir, very helpful, big thanks

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