MSConfig (System Configuration Utility), is a small Windows applet launched from the Run command, when the user enters “msconfig”.
MSConfig is a great checkbox driven tool for diagnosing Windows configuration issues – including system services, modifying startup programs, gaining access to the Windows Boot Manager/Boot Configuration Data, and more.
As well, the Tools menu is a relatively complete set of system tools, as the following screen capture indicates.
I test a lot of applications, many of which like to auto start on boot up. At some point, after completing testing, I need to stop these applications from auto starting or, I’d be facing some serious system resources issues.
It’s in this role of denying an application auto start privileges, that MSConfig gets a real workout around here. But, here’s the problem. While MSConfig will disable items, it continues to list them in the Startup tab as the following screen capture shows. Noticed the unchecked/disabled applications.
So what’s the big deal, I hear you saying? Well, here’s the deal – if you are a highly active user who likes to test software, the Startup tab can soon become an unmanageable mess. An unmanageable mess is an accident waiting to happen.
MSConfig Cleanup is a neat little free system utility that does just one job – it cleans out the Startup list. You’ll notice in the following graphic, the disabled items from the previous screen capture are listed and ready to be deleted.
The Startup list, after running MSConfig Cleanup, is shown in the following screen shot. Neat and tidy – and unlikely to lead to confusion!
After you make the changes, your computer will need to be rebooted for the changes to take effect.
A caveat: Do not disable programs you don’t know. Do a search on Google if you are not certain what an application does.
System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7.
Download at: Download.com
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