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App Shutdown Desktop shortcut?

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November 1, 2010 2:20:57 AM

In Windows XP, Is there a non-harmful way to create a desktop shortcut that closes down all noncritical computer apps?

I tire of closing down my web browser, audio player, word processor, ETC. before I start up a game. I don’t mean simple games such as Zuma, I mean games that require software like I described to be closed down so a games performance won’t be affected.

Thanks in advance
November 1, 2010 3:06:56 AM

You could write a program that closes everything you want.

Other than that, I can't really help you there.
November 1, 2010 3:41:08 AM

Thanks for the suggestion but I'm no programmer :[
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November 2, 2010 12:15:52 PM
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WARNING - this solution disables virus checker software

start - run - msconfig
services tab
tick "hide all microsoft services"
disable all (in my case I reactivate steam for MW2)
ok - restart

finish your game and then:
start - run - msconfig
services tab
tick "hide all microsoft services"
enable all
ok - restart
November 3, 2010 2:14:24 AM

Kef said:
WARNING - this solution disables virus checker software

start - run - msconfig
services tab
tick "hide all microsoft services"
disable all (in my case I reactivate steam for MW2)
ok - restart

finish your game and then:
start - run - msconfig
services tab
tick "hide all microsoft services"
enable all
ok - restart


Thanks! I didn't think about the msconfig option. I appreciate your suggestion.

Is that the only option? That'd get tiresome to do everytime I start up the game.
November 3, 2010 12:12:47 PM

I've tried to create bootup modes using some of the guidance in the tweaking companion in the past but failed miserably (http://www.tweakguides.com/)

not sure what your system is, but iwth Win7 and raid 0 disks bootup is only a matter of second rather than minutes. At least this way I always know when my computer is in safe (firewalled and virus checked) or performance (minimum processes) modes.

I use this to run MW2 (I think my game install has some kind of memory glitch, after a while the sound starts to break up if I have anything running in the background)
November 14, 2010 3:40:00 AM

Best answer selected by BlazeEagle.
November 14, 2010 11:29:32 AM

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