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App Shutdown Desktop shortcut?

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
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  1. You could write a program that closes everything you want.

    Other than that, I can't really help you there.
  2. Thanks for the suggestion but I'm no programmer :[
  3. Best answer
    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
  4. 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.
  5. 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)
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