Boot Windows Faster With Free Startup Tuner 2

Ashampoo Startup Box One of the things that I find really annoying when I install a new application is that program’s decision that it is so essential to system operation, that it automatically triggers an auto-start command on system start up.

So that means, every time my computer is booted, this type of presumptive program is started with Windows, which is rarely my intent, and in most cases is not needed.

As a result, the start sequence can become considerably longer, system resources can be ravaged, and manually shutting down these unnecessary startups can be frustrating, and time consuming.

For example, recently a friend asked me for advice on his sister’s computer that was slow at startup, and even worse, was slow in normal operation. It was easy to see why. The computer was loading 26 applications on startup which then continued to run in the background, eating up system resources.

There are a number of manual methods available to deactivate these very irritating applications from auto starting, but a great free application from Ashampoo does the job quickly, cleanly and with no fuss.

StartUp Tuner 2 lists all auto-start entries and allows you to individually delete or deactivate those entries. If you turn off all of the unnecessary entries (be sure they are not necessary), Windows will boot faster; in some cases considerably faster.

Ashampoo Startup mgr (Click pic for larger view)

Bonus features:

StartUp Tuner 2 can do more than just this though. The tool can list all Windows services by name and it allows you to activate, or deactivate them, with the click of the mouse.

The application shows all installed Windows programs, but it builds its lists more quickly than the control panel software module. You can then uninstall programs that are no longer required, including program entries that the native Windows uninstaller generally leaves untouched.

Many Browser Helper Objects (BHOs) are useful, but others simply take up space on the Hard Drive and serve no useful purpose. StartUp Tuner 2 lists all of them, and allows you to delete, or deactivate them, if you determine you longer need them.

The application automatically generates a backup of the changes that you have made, giving you the opportunity to reverse any changes.

Free registration:

The StartUp Tuner 2 can be used free for 10 days. After that, free online registration is required. You will receive an activation code which will convert the test version of the program into the full version.

Ashampoo loves to remind you of the value of their full software lineup, so if you find it bothersome to receive this type of email, you’d be better off passing on StartUp Tuner 2.

Personally, I find it easier to stay in the loop on new software developments, when I do receive emails soliciting my business for new applications.

System requirements: Windows 2000/XP/Vista

Download at: Ashampoo


Filed under Computer Maintenance, Free Full Versions, Software, System Tweaks, System Utilities, Utilities, Windows Tips and Tools

5 responses to “Boot Windows Faster With Free Startup Tuner 2

  1. g

    i haven’t tried this one bill. i currently use winpatrol and autoruns to control what starts and what doesn’t.

  2. Real men use regedit 🙂
    This story actually reminds me of a customer from many years back when I was the sole support person in a mom and pop retail store. A lady had purchased a new Compaq a few weeks back, AMD K6, 64MB RAM, Windows 98SE, and was complaining that it was slow. She brings it in and I fire it up and was in awe, at 800×600 resolution the icons in the system tray extended all the way to the start button! This woman it seems was a shareware junky and installed everything she ran across, 2 or 3 memory management apps, a few virus apps, literally 30 items at least in the tray. When I explained the problem she said she couldn’t live without those things, even though she didn’t know what half of them did.

    • Bill Mullins

      Hey Dave,

      What a great story!

      “at 800×600 resolution the icons in the system tray extended all the way to
      the start button!” – gotta tell ya Dave, I’m still laughing.

      Thanks for this.


  3. g

    hilarious dave!