Windows Starting Too Slow? Disable Windows Startup Apps with msconfig

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Windows Starting Too Slow? Disable Windows Startup Apps with msconfig

Xah Lee, 2010-08-18

Is your Windows starting super slow?

On Windows, just every software automatically adds itself to startup when the machine starts, even if you don't use it. e.g. iTune, Adobe Acrobat, Java. It is a pain in the ass. They do that because when you actually start the application, they appear to start instaneously, making you think they are fast and good. (while Microsoft takes the blame of the overall slowness of Windows startup.)

msconfig startup1

“msconfig” screen of Startup programs.

To disable the auto hidden start, you can use Msconfig. Press “Win+r”, then type “msconfig”. Then, click on the Startup pane. There you can disable them. Here's the ones i recommend to disable:

  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • MobileMe (Apple iTune stuff if you don't have iPod or iPhone stuff)
  • QuickTime
  • iTunes
  • HP Health Check Scheduler (crap from HP)
  • hpwuSchd Application (crap from HP)
  • hpsysdrv Application (crap from HP)
  • Pando Media Booster (from some game)

Things like CyberLink PowerCinema etc i never use so i've already de-installed them.

When you install games, especially free ones, they often add junk here without you knowing. Later, it's usually hard to find out what junk in the startup are. Even well known commercial games.

Whenever there's a update to one of these software, such as Java, Adobe, iTunes, they automatically add back to the startup. So be sure to disable them again.

Disable Services

hp pc startup services

msconfig's Services panel.

While you are at it, you might click on the Services tab and disable some there. (they are not applications, but hidden background processes) Here, you should know what they are to disable. Here's some i disabled:

  • Apple Mobile Device (i don't own any iPod, iPhone stuff)
  • iPod Service
  • Bonjour Service (from Apple. If you don't have local networks, disable it.)
  • HP Health Check Service (crap from HP)

WARNING: you better know what you are doing. Disabling critical services can cause problems. I'm not responsible if your computer won't start up.

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