Programs that start up automatically with Windows®
What are programs? What are start up programs in Windows?
The computer program refers to a sequence of instructions which are written for performing different tasks in the system. There may be a number of programs included in the system which are essential to run these tasks. The program is needed by the system to function. The instructions of a program are executed by the processor of the system. The computer program is created in an executable form, which the system uses to execute instructions directly. The program is written by computer programmers. The source code is written in a programming language, which has two parts called imperative and declarative. The source code is then converted by a complier to an executable file, which can be then executed by the processor. The program can be executed by the use of interpreter and can be directly embedded to the system hardware. There may be many computer programs like system software and application software. You can also run more than one program at a time which is called as multitasking.
Here are some programs which start up automatically in Windows:
- Device drivers and services
- Security software
- Other programs
Device drivers and services
The most important startup programs which run automatically at the Windows startup time are the device drivers and services. There may be a number of device drivers installed in the system. These drivers need to be started automatically so as to make devices in the system run properly and work in accordance to codes generated by the operating system.
Another program which runs automatically at the start up time of Windows is the security software. You may have installed a number of anti-virus software and firewall software in the system. These software may have been set-up to run at the booting time. Thus, they can fix any virus which comes at the booting time of Windows.
There are a number of other programs which need to start up automatically in Windows. These include some e-mail client programs and some media software etc. You can select which programs need to be run at the start up time of your own. This can be done by copying programs to the Start Up Folder or by making some changes in the 'System Configuration Utility'.
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