Disable Startup Items?

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Thread Starter
May 20, 2004
Can I safely uncheck any of these startup items to free up more memory? This is my whole list:

ATI Launchpad
Scan Registry
Task Monitor
Load Power Profile(on list twice)
g mouse
Adaptec Direct CD
TkBell Exe
AOL Call Alert for the Web

I will appreciate any thoughts on this. Thanks!
Feb 12, 1999

The following desriptions are from http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php?

Keep ScanRegistry & LoadPowerProfile checked. The descriptions below will help you determine if you want/need to keep the other items checked.

ATI Launchpad: Convenient way to start all your Multimedia Center applications (DVD, Video CD, CD Audio, File Player). You can right-click LaunchPad, and uncheck Load on Startup in the menu.

ScanRegistry: Scans the system registry and makes back-ups at start-up. Important should the registry become corrupt. The executable "Scanregw.exe" is located in %windir% (where %windir% is the Windows directory - C:\Windows or C:\Winnt)

TaskMonitor: The Task Monitor checks the disk-access patterns of programs when they are started and stores this information in log files in the Applog folder. Task Monitor also records the number of times you use a program. The Disk Defragmenter tool uses this information to optimize your hard disk so that programs that you use frequently are loaded faster. Not required - but can be useful. Note: for Norton Anti-Virus 2002 users, loading TaskMonitor will typically solve many, if not most, of those annoying IE scripting errors (per Symantec's Knowledgebase)

LoadPowerProfile: Power management specifics such as monitor shut-off, system standby, etc. Associated with power management and is listed twice - see here. Loads your selected power scheme. May not be required - depends upon whether you modify the default Control Panel -> Power Options settings

gmouse: Amouse mouse driver - required if you use non-standard Windows driver features

ATIGART: Program that checks the motherboard chipset and determines which GART driver bundle to install on ATI video cards. If you have one, once installed it shouldn't be needed

AtiPTA: Control panel for the ATI series of video cards allowing access to such features as display resolution, colour depth, etc. Available via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel -> Display. Some users may need it if they have optimised their settings

AdaptecDirectCD: DirectCD primarily allows you to drag and drop files onto a suitably formatted CD-RW disc. Unless you use this on a frequent basis it isn't required and is available via Start -> Programs. Start the program before inserting a DirectCD formatted CD-RW in the drive. A re-boot is recommended if you close Adaptec DirectCD before re-opening it again later

TkBell Exe: Application Scheduler installed along with RealOne Player. Once installed, it runs independently of RealOne Player. Not required.

AVG7_CC: AVG Anti-Virus 7.0 Control Center. Allows you to manage and control all AVG Anti-Virus components, settings and updates

AVG7_EMC: AVG Anti-Virus 7.0 Email Cleaner. Scans incoming and outgoing email for viruses

AVG 7_AMSVR: AVG antivirus related

AOL Call Alert for the Web: (?)


Thread Starter
May 20, 2004
Thank you for taking time to give me all this information. Looks like I had already removed almost everything that was unnecessary and will probably have to look elsewhere for better performance.

FYI, AOL Call Alert for the Web is a service that notifies you when you have an incoming phone call on your modem line.


Trusted Advisor
May 12, 2002

You can use the "Search" option at this site to research all those startup items for yourself.

ScanRegistry, SystemTray, and the AVG entries should definitely remain checked and enabled. Most all of the others can be unchecked and disabled, as you will see upon researching them.

You computer will run better with the power options in the control panel set to "Always On" and "Never". If you use those settings, you can definitely uncheck and disable both LoadPowerProfile entries.
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