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Anonymous
September 14, 2005 7:44:13 PM

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Hi,

My computer is taking far too long to start up, I used to have Windows me
and I alterted the start up settings so that only the required programs
started upon start up. But I can not seem to find the correct options for
altering this in XP.

For example I have about 20 items in my system tray (by the clock) at start
up and I do not use them all!!)

So I would appreciate any help with this please!
Thanks
Susan

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Anonymous
September 14, 2005 8:18:43 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.customize (More info?)

In news:39365F4B-A232-418B-965C-B974AEF411B2@microsoft.com,
susanmcorless <susanmcorless@discussions.microsoft.com> typed:

> My computer is taking far too long to start up, I used to have
> Windows me and I alterted the start up settings so that only
> the
> required programs started upon start up. But I can not seem to
> find
> the correct options for altering this in XP.
>
> For example I have about 20 items in my system tray (by the
> clock) at
> start up and I do not use them all!!)
>
> So I would appreciate any help with this please!


My personal view is that the attention many people pay to how
long it takes to boot is unwarranted. Assuming that the
computer's speed is otherwise satisfactory, it may not be worth
worrying about. Most people start their computers once a day or
even less frequently. In the overall scheme of things, even a few
minutes to start up isn't very important. Personally I power on
my computer when I get up in the morning, then go get my coffee.
When I come back, it's done booting. I don't know how long it
took to boot and I don't care.



However if you want to address the programs that start
automatically, read below:

First, note that you should be concerned with *all* programs that
start automatically, not just with those that go into the tray.
Not all autostarting programs manifest themselves by an icon in
the tray.

On each program you don't want to start automatically, check its
Options to see if it has the choice not to start (make sure you
actually choose the option not to run it, not just a "don't show
icon" option). Many can easily and best be stopped that way. If
that doesn't work, run MSCONFIG from the Start | Run line, and on
the Startup tab, uncheck the programs you don't want to start
automatically.

However, if I were you, I wouldn't do this just for the purpose
of running the minimum number of programs. Despite what many
people tell you, you should be concerned, not with how *many* of
these programs you run, but *which*. Some of them can hurt
performance severely, but others have no effect on performance.

Don't just stop programs from running willy-nilly. What you
should do is determine what each program is, what its value is to
you, and what the cost in performance is of its running all the
time. You can get more information about these at
http://castlecops.com/StartupList.html. If you can't find it
there, try google searches and ask about specifics here.

Once you have that information, you can make an intelligent
informed decision about what you want to keep and what you want
to get rid of.


--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
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