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  • I'm new to 64bit, Windows7.

    I've been loading a lot of software programs into my computer and noticed the system tray is getting quite full. In the old days I would use CCleaner utility to manage my start-up / system tray, but I read recently that was a bad way to manage your start-up. I also heard that "msconfig" wasn't truly effective.

    So, what utility can be used to manage my Windows7 start up?

    Also, is there any documentation about what start-up items are necessary?  I'm running 64bit, Windows 7.

    Friday, August 6, 2010 10:39 PM

Answers

  • On Fri, 6 Aug 2010 22:39:05 +0000, HelpMeMicrosoft wrote:

    I'm new to 64bit, Windows7.

    I've been loading a lot of software programs into my computer and noticed the system tray is getting quite full. In the old days I would use CCleaner utility to manage my start-up / system tray, but I read recently that was a bad way to manage your start-up. I also heard that "msconfig" wasn't truly effective.

    So, what utility can be used to manage my Windows7 start up?

    Also, is there any documentation about what start-up items are necessary?  I'm running 64bit, Windows 7.

    None are necessary. The question is what's important to you.

    First, note that you should be concerned with all programs that
    start automatically, not just with those that go into the system tray.
    Not all auto-starting 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 try
    internet 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
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:01 AM
    Saturday, August 7, 2010 2:11 AM
  • The application's control applet may have an option\advanced options not to launch on start. That's one method.

    Ken also provided the msconfig method. But, click start, type msconfig in the search box and select it from the programs in the results.

    Select the startup tab and you will see a list of applications that run on startup. Uncheck those you don't want to run and select ok. Close out and reboot.

    Don't stop your security program, IE 8 add-ins, java, adobe, or anything Microsoft.

    Finally, uninstall programs that you won't use.

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:02 AM
    Sunday, August 8, 2010 1:46 PM
  •  Hi,

      i agree with Ken Blake,My suggestion is you should care more details when you install program,many programs provide a option to startup automatically during installation process.You can deselect the option to prevent it from being startup,Also if the program is already  installed,and you want to disable the application startup automatically,you can check the application's setting to see if the automatic startup option is available.

     Also,you can use "msconfig" to manage the startup items,de-select your unwanted startup items from the startup tab,and restart the computer to take effect.

    Besides,if you would like to improve the system's performance ,you can refer to :

    Optimize Windows 7 for better performance

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:02 AM
    Monday, August 9, 2010 5:52 AM

All replies

  • On Fri, 6 Aug 2010 22:39:05 +0000, HelpMeMicrosoft wrote:

    I'm new to 64bit, Windows7.

    I've been loading a lot of software programs into my computer and noticed the system tray is getting quite full. In the old days I would use CCleaner utility to manage my start-up / system tray, but I read recently that was a bad way to manage your start-up. I also heard that "msconfig" wasn't truly effective.

    So, what utility can be used to manage my Windows7 start up?

    Also, is there any documentation about what start-up items are necessary?  I'm running 64bit, Windows 7.

    None are necessary. The question is what's important to you.

    First, note that you should be concerned with all programs that
    start automatically, not just with those that go into the system tray.
    Not all auto-starting 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 try
    internet 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
    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:01 AM
    Saturday, August 7, 2010 2:11 AM
  • Well, that's a detailed response, yet somewhat vague.

    What are some common programs that can hurt performance severely? Lists. I need lists!

    Point me to a website that discusses this issue.

    I'm somewhat of a computer novice and need your help.

     

    Saturday, August 7, 2010 2:45 PM
  • The application's control applet may have an option\advanced options not to launch on start. That's one method.

    Ken also provided the msconfig method. But, click start, type msconfig in the search box and select it from the programs in the results.

    Select the startup tab and you will see a list of applications that run on startup. Uncheck those you don't want to run and select ok. Close out and reboot.

    Don't stop your security program, IE 8 add-ins, java, adobe, or anything Microsoft.

    Finally, uninstall programs that you won't use.

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:02 AM
    Sunday, August 8, 2010 1:46 PM
  • I would recommend something little different:

    As recommended, first of all please uninstall applications that you do not use.
    Using services.msc console and msconfig.exe you can get a list of services and applications that are executed automaticaly after startup.

    Using google in case of startup applications identify the purpose of each of the item and enable/disable the startup of it.
    In case of services check read the description. Focus on services of 3rd party software providers.

    If you need more help, please provide the list of startup items/services, that are started automaticaly.
    M.

    Sunday, August 8, 2010 8:18 PM
  •  Hi,

      i agree with Ken Blake,My suggestion is you should care more details when you install program,many programs provide a option to startup automatically during installation process.You can deselect the option to prevent it from being startup,Also if the program is already  installed,and you want to disable the application startup automatically,you can check the application's setting to see if the automatic startup option is available.

     Also,you can use "msconfig" to manage the startup items,de-select your unwanted startup items from the startup tab,and restart the computer to take effect.

    Besides,if you would like to improve the system's performance ,you can refer to :

    Optimize Windows 7 for better performance

    • Marked as answer by Linda Yan Tuesday, August 17, 2010 2:02 AM
    Monday, August 9, 2010 5:52 AM