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Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by jmcgdeb, Oct 19, 2003.

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  1. jmcgdeb

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    my question for anyone who can help is how can I remove those programs from the system tray that auto run when the computer is turned on?
     
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    If you go into the Preferences or Options section of those programs, you may find a command that allows you to keep them from appearing in the taskbar and loading during startup. Do that first before going into the MSCONFIG startup(tab) list.

    You have the right idea in wanting to keep your startup load trimmed down because it will allow your computer to run better. (y)


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    Check your available resources by right-clicking My Computer; clicking Properties; Click the Performance tab. Resources available are displayed as percent there at top. Check it when you get done running the System Configuration Utility mentioned below.

    Click the Start button; Run; type 'msconfig', without the quotation marks, in the Run box and click OK; Then click the Startup tab; Uncheck anything you don't need running in the background. For reference on what's not needed running in the background in the System Configuration Utility, view this website first and print out the list:

    http://www2.whidbey.net/djdenham/Running_items.htm

    It's important that you print out the above mentioned list. The site provides a printer friendly link.

    In the System Configuration Utility (SCU), you can uncheck programs you suspect one at a time and restart your computer. If something doesn't work right, you can always go back into the SCU and re-check it and restart your computer via the Start button. The changes are completely reversible by re-checking an item in SCU or by selecting Normal Startup under the General tab in the SCU and all the programs listed run when Windows starts as it was before you started.
     
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    Quote: "You have the right idea in wanting to keep your startup load trimmed down because it will allow your computer to run better."
    I have put four shortcuts into my task bar (the part on the left--not the system tray). They are for convenience sake. Are you saying that if I remove these shortcuts, my computer will run better? I know I can go to Start/Programs and open each of the programs I have shortcuts for ... but it's easier to use the shortcuts in the tray. Do the programs open automatically upon start-up?
     
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    There is more than one reason why your computer will run better with a smaller startup load in the MSCONFIG startup tab:

    1. More system resources will be available.

    2. Startup and shutdown times will be quicker.

    3. Error messages and crashes will be reduced.

    4. Overall performance will be better.

    The 4 icons you're talking about are in the quick launch section of the taskbar. They serve the same purpose as the icons on the desktop - to activate and launch programs without going into the Start menu to do it. This doesn't mean that they're loading during startup.


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