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Step 2: Disable Start Up Problems   Last Step Next Step

There are in fact many settings within a windows operation system to restrict access too viruses etc and to even remove them but we will stick to basic steps for now. The settings we will change are to give you a better chance of installing Anti-Virus or Anti-Spyware.

Microsoft System Configuration Utility or simply MSCONFIG is a special tool to help troubleshoot your computer. It can be used to boot your computer faster and enable less crashes.

Most people know that the more programs you have running the slower your computer can become. But what happens every time you start your computer a whole range of unnecessary programs are started. Turning off these unnecessary programs significantly improves your performance. A good example would be old out of date Anti-Virus programs that are not protecting you.

How to use MSCONFIG

For Windows Vista users.
Click the Start icon bottom left corner. Type MSCONFIG in the search box (blank space). You can now either press the Enter Key or you will see the MSCONFIG program that appears in the search list by double clicking on it. Vista will most likely ask your permission to continue and you can. Then go to part 3 below.

1. In Windows XP go to Start – Run

2. In the Open Box type MSCONFIG (upper case or lower case) click OK.

3.You should now be in the MSCONFIG screen. On the top right you should see the STARTUP tab. Click on this.

4.This takes you to a screen with a list of STARTUP items. Startup items are programs that are automatically loaded each time you turn on your computer. Some startup programs are necessary, others are simply a nuisance. Windows XP loads its essential programs through a component called Windows Services. This means that almost all the programs in the startup list are optional and can be turned off.

A good rule to follow is if in doubt leave it on. Turn off the ones that you recognise. You could in fact turn off programs that are causing you problems. This is your choice. You could Google it to check that the program is not essential to your Operating System.

5. Click OK.

6. Your asked to reboot your computer for changes to take effect. Click OK.

7. You can repeat all steps to turn something back on if you so wish. PLEASE HELP

Disable Unwanted Startup Elsewhere:

There are startup folders in XP and Vista that if used by an application or file will allow that file or program to execute on the start of your computer. By deleting the entries in this folder called “Startup” you may be ridding your self of malicious intent. Usually these folders are empty. You dont have to delete a file or program your happy with.

Below are the paths in XP and VISTA where you will find the Startup folder. The ????? in any of the paths are where you would put your username etc. So just start by opening the MyComputer icon then the C: drive and follow the paths below.

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

C:\Documents and Settings\?????\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

C:\Users\?????\start menu\programs\startup


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