Remove unwanted Windows XP Startup Programs to make your PC fast

Written by Pavan Kumar on December 22, 2008


If you feel your computer is slow, there may be many reasons behind. Among them the unnecessary programs sitting in your startup is one. The normal way users check startup programs is Start > All Programs > Startup. But here you cannot find all programs (ex. Antivirus) which are scheduled to start with Windows. Here is how you can customize your windows startup.

  1. Press Start > Run.
  2. Type msconfig and hit enter, it will open System Configuration utility.
  3. Click on Startup tab.
  4. There you can see the list of programs scheduled on startup. Uncheck the checked ones which you don’t need.

Even we use the same method even while checking for virus problems in which case virus programs add themselves into startup.

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Another technique is to delay the loading of startup programs until you are more likely to require them. Which is exactly why I developed LazyLoad ( so you can still have the applications start that you want to load automatically but at a more appropriate time (i.e. not whilst lots of other things are happening and you are waiting for the computer!).

Pavan, if you would like to try LazyLoad drop me an email and I’ll send you a registration code so you are not limited to the 30 day trial.

@Stephen Harrison

It seems your app is a gift to newbies. I will have to give it a try. Currently your site is not loading for me(Internet problem at my end due to cable cut :-( ). Will see the trial and contact you back. Thank you :-)

That is very useful to beginners using Msconfig to disable auto startup entries for advanced users they can use autoruns which not only disables auto startup entries (no restart required compared to msconfig) also help in removing suspicious entries from registry very easily.


I usually don’t discuss registry things because they will be little bit complicated for newbies and they may corrupt their registry.

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    Pavan Kumar completed Engineering in Electronics and Communication in the year 2008. He is very enthusiastic and keen to work on different aspects of computer, internet and mobile related fields. The articles here reflect his creativity. This blog was started as a showcase of solutions for different problems and today it has got a good reputation in the blogosphere. Read More...

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