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Hello! I recently tried to follow the instructions in the article 'how to disable startup programs in windows...'. The process seemed to work until after the re-start when I got a serious looking message that basically told me to reinstate everything to a previous date point to avoid damaging the computer. Well I did that because I'm insecure about the inner mysteries of the computer, but would still like to get rid of automatic start-up of my photo programs and other things. So what is really necessary in the start-up and how do I bypass the rather demanding order to re-instate everything after I've unticked the things I think are not needed? Thank you all in advance for your help. My operating system is Windows XP.


asked May 17 '11 at 02:43

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edited May 17 '11 at 19:09

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@liz, feel free to post a screenshot of your start-up list and I'll be more than happy to let you know which items are safe to remove or not.

how to take a screenshot (or just use the snipping tool from the Start Menu)

(May 17 '11 at 19:07) grooveDexter grooveDexter's gravatar image

hello everyone, here is the screen shot.

Startup Items Screenshot

I've taken the list from Winpatrol. Or is there a more comprehensive list on the computer somewhere? GrooveDexter, I hope you can do something from this. You'll see that I've 'disabled' lots of things. Many thanks from your competent and generous help! Liz

(May 18 '11 at 01:55) liz liz's gravatar image

thank you so much. I've put the screen shot up and hope I did it alright. I followed the 'how to take a screenshot' instructions. Easier than baking a cake!

(May 18 '11 at 01:57) liz liz's gravatar image

@liz - yes, you did just fine. I did a little editing to your image post so it stays inline with the thread. Here it is:

Liz Screenshot

(May 18 '11 at 02:06) Steve Steve's gravatar image

Ok, step aside ppl, the me help here,

1 go to Run, type in msconfig 2 when it opens you will see Startup programs 3 choose the ones you don't want by unticking them 4 save and exit, reboot, problems solved.

Regards Robin

(Nov 11 '11 at 09:16) Robind Robind's gravatar image

Hi Liz,

Yeah you need to be careful when you remove things from your Start-up menu but there should be some fairly obvious ones you are safe to remove (Apple stuff, Adobe update tools etc...). That being said, looks like @deessemm recommended a few tools and here's a few more which we've talked about recently on groovyPost

  1. http://www.groovypost.com/howto/how-to/disable-remove-startup-entries-windows-ccleaner/
  2. http://www.groovypost.com/howto/how-to/speed-up-your-computer-startup-time-with-soluto-beta/

Soluto has recently gone from BETA to GOLD so we need to update that article. Nice thing about Soluto is it examines your PC and makes a recommendation and then guides you through the process. Might want to try that out as well.

ADDITIONALLY... One of our readers mentioned a site he uses to read up on the Start-up entries before he removes them so that way he doesn't blow away anything important. That might be worth a look as well - Sysinfo.org.

Getting informed is a big step to keeping your computer clean, secure and fast!


answered May 17 '11 at 10:20

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hi MrGroove, thanks for your answer to my ? about deleting startup items. I'm not sure how to reply to you so I'll do it like this. I tried out the suggestion from the other member and installed jv16 powertools 2011. Then my computer got into an awful mess! It's still messed up. The program won't fully delete and I got a square hole in the middle of the screen. Using task manager, I got more of the program away, but there's still something left. Can you advise? And is this the proper way to communicate with you?

(May 17 '11 at 10:33) liz liz's gravatar image

You can call me Steve. :)

Just use the Add Comment feature under the answer to leave a message.

Anyway, at this point you should use system restore to get you back to where you were before installing any software or changing your system. Here is the how to for using system restore on xp.


Let me know if this works. Might want to just restore to sometime yesterday.

(May 17 '11 at 10:55) Steve Steve's gravatar image

Hi Steve, thank you for the prompt answer. Tell me, if you use the system restore, is everything that you have changed or downloaded since the date point you choose then lost and gone forever? Or is it hovering around somewhere in the computer still influencing what goes on? Sorry for my non-technical language....


(May 17 '11 at 12:38) liz liz's gravatar image

@liz - The system restore will only affect applications you installed or settings changes made to the system. Software you've download or email read in email etc... will not be impacted by the System Restore.

You should be just fine if you restore your PC to the state a few hours before you installed that JV16 tool.

(May 17 '11 at 12:52) ShockerSH ShockerSH's gravatar image

@shockersh - Agreed.

(May 17 '11 at 13:01) Steve Steve's gravatar image

Hi again, I tried the system restore, back to yesterday, and that was a good solution. I think the last of jv16 is gone and things are back to normal. Now I'm removing start-up things one by one with that little doggy winpatrol. So far the computer is still working but a few questionable items are still there: Intel extreme graphics for mobile, a yellow shield that has to do with updates, a useless symbol that tells me again and again that I have no wireless connection...I think I could keep on disabling them piecemeal and testing with restart till it's empty.

(May 17 '11 at 15:56) liz liz's gravatar image

Awesome! Don't forget to mark this answer as the correct one so this Question will close out. I'm glad it all worked for you!

(May 17 '11 at 16:15) Steve Steve's gravatar image
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There are programs, which will examine startup entries/other services on your PC, detail their purpose and provide the means to disable/remove the entries. For clear straight forward details suggest WinPatrol (free & paidup versions)


A more advanced tool is jv16 power tools2010 which will perform a variety of system maintenance and management jobs to enhance PC performance.



answered May 17 '11 at 04:51

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