Monday, September 20, 2010

Removing programs that start on log in

Have you had a program that starts whenever you log in to your account and you can't get it to stop? Well there is a somewhat painless way to make sure it does not pop up unless you activate it. All that needs to be done to do this is to first open up your "Run" window (windows xp is in the start menu, Vista+ is accessed by holding the windows button and pressing r, or you can search for it.) and then you type in "msconfig" without the quotes. This will open up the System Configuration and there will be a tab called Startup that will list all of the programs that start when you log in to your account. Make sure you only uncheck the programs that you know that is not related with how the computer runs. After you uncheck the programs you do not want to start on log in it will prompt you to restart or to continue without restarting and that's your choice if you want to check it right away or not.

I decided that if I think of something that could be useful I will just update it soon after the idea comes up. Updates will come faster if I have question in the comments.

21 comments:

  1. i have done this before, but you explained it really well!

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  2. Can you post an article about other methods for speeding up a computer's startup? I'm finding that my Windows Vista machine is taking upwards of several minutes to start up in the mornings. Thanks!

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  3. I use this all the time. Everyone should know this stuff! Props for letting people know.

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  4. already known this but good for people who didnt know

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  5. this is a really good tut. good for beginners and old people alike.

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  6. glad someone is showing people this cant say how many times ive had to do this for people

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  7. Thanks, verry helpfull :) Just sharing some love :P

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  8. AHHHH i've been trying to figure this out. my mom showed me one time but i forgot. thanks a lot!! my computer has about 849023480 things that open on start-up, this saved me about 5 minutes of waiting for them to load haha

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  9. thanks man, finally i can get AIM Chat to stop auto signing in! Just sharing the love bro thanks

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  10. thank's man, this really helped me ;) now i can get up 10 minutes later in the morning

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  11. Cool and very helpful blog you have here!

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  12. Is there a way to make MS Messenger not keep adding itself back?

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  13. I have known about this for quite a while. Msconfig is very helpful.
    @Robert Cole try looking into the MS settings.

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