Startup Programs in Windows
Learn further about startup programs in Windows and methods to change them.
Windows is highly functional Operating System series developed by Microsoft to enhance the overall productivity along with computing experience. Windows operating system is capable of supporting different Windows based third-party applications and allows the users to install and use them on the system under minimal complications. A Windows Operating System has startup programs list which includes the programs that are to be launched or initialized along with the system startup operation. Thus, the programs that are started up along with the system boot are known as startup programs. The applications and programs installed in the computer can be set as startup programs and some of the programs once installed automatically can set them so as to launch at system startup. Windows provide the users with different options to change or edit the startup programs list using which the users can choose the programs that are to be launched or started along with the Windows OS.
Discussed below are some points that can help the users to change or disable the startup programs in Windows based computer.
- System configuration utility
- Change startup programs
Windows users should first open the 'Run' command in the Operating System so as to open up the system configuration utility. The users can start the 'Run' command by launching the shortcut by pressing the 'Start' button in Windows Start Menu or can also use the combination of 'Windows' button and 'R' key to directly launch the Run command in some versions of Windows.
System Configuration utility
The System Configuration tool or utility in the Windows Operating System allows the users to make changes in the startup programs list of the computer. The System Configuration utility can be launched by entering the ‘msconfig’ command in Run menu. Entering the ‘msconfig’ command can launch a small window called the System Configuration which has several tabs to adjust the different settings of the computer.
After opening the 'System Configuration' window, the users should switch to the startup tab for changing the startup programs of the computer. All programs that are launched during system start can be listed in the current window and the users can disable and enable the desired ones from the list by checking and un-checking the boxes near the programs. All those programs that are unchecked can be disabled from next system start and those checked can be launched during system startup. Making necessary changes and clicking the 'Apply' button can confirm the settings. A system restart may be required to apply the changes made by the user.
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