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Which of these Startup Items can be unchecked?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by sistafatti, Apr 23, 2012.

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  1. sistafatti

    sistafatti Thread Starter

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    My wife's computer is really getting slow. I have unchecked some items in msconfig startup but am unsure of of some others. I know it is a log to ask but can someone look at the following list and give me some tips? I haven't included the entire description following the program, hopefully just enough to give you an idea.

    Adobe Arm (C:\ProgramFiles\commonfiles\Adobe\Arm....)
    APSDaemon (C:\ProgramFiles\commonfiles\Apple\AppleApplication)
    qttask (c:\ProgramFiles\Quicktim e\qttask.exe"-atboottime)
    CenturyLink TouchPoint Agent (c:\ProgramFiles\CenturyLink\QuickCare\bin\sprtcmnd...)
    dumprep O -k (%systemroot%system32\dumprep 0 -k)
    Sprtcmd (c:\ProgramFiles\Quickcare\bin\sprtcmd.exe)
    NvCPl (RUNDLL32.EXEc:\WINDOWS\system32\nvcpl)
    RunDLL32 (Rundll32.exenvMCtray.dll.nvtasbar Init -login)
    nwiz (c:\ProgramFiles\NVIDIA Corporation\nview\nwiz.exe)
    Jusched (c:\ProgramFiles\commonFiles\Java\Javaupdate\jusched...)
    Ctfmon (c:\WINDOWS\system32\ctf,pm\.exe)
    Google Toolbar Notifier (c:\ProgramFiles\Google\Google Toolbar Notifier\Google.....)
    Windows Search (c:\PROGRA~WI459E~1.EXE./startup
     
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  3. sistafatti

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    Most of the links provided state that the software will list startup programs so you can remove "unecessary" programs but how do you know which ones are unecessary? The bottom link (bleeping computer) did list a few undesirable and some to keep but then if you don't uncheck them from msconfig how do you keep them from running on startup?

    Also, you said not to change anything in msconfig but to use the services console. I don't know what that is. Can you point me in the right direction?
     
  4. Phantom010

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    None of them are necessary.
     
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    "Unnecessary" may be a poor choice of words. It is up to you to decide which are necessary beyond those needed to run Windows. That is why I gave you links to startup programs so you could look them up and decide.

    You control services by going to Control Panel > Admin Tools > Services, or going to the Run box: services.msc (Just FYI: Services do not use CPU or "resources" unless they are performing a function. You will gain next to nothing, unless short of RAM, by disabling any of them. You may lose functionality instead. Black Viper's "tweaks" are useless. Testing with benchmarking software showed no difference whatsoever on my machine with all services started or the maximum disabled according to his advice, again, if you have plenty of RAM, which is the only thing disabling services will save you.)
     
  6. flavallee

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    sistafatti:

    The startup entries that I've highlighted in bold text can be unchecked.

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    Go to Start - Run - MSCONFIG - OK - Services tab.

    Uncheck "Hide all Microsoft services".

    Make sure the ENTIRE list is checked.

    Click Apply - OK.

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    Go to Start - Run - SERVICES.MSC - OK.

    If the "startup type" in any entry is set on Disabled, double-click it to open its properties window.

    Change it to Manual, then click Apply - OK.

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    Restart the computer.

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  7. flavallee

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    One of the things that I disagree with at the BlackViper site is disabling services.

    It's safer setting those services to Manual so they can start, if needed.

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  8. Phantom010

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    I personally do not touch services anymore, unless I'm 100% sure. Windows doesn't do a very good job at starting services set to Manual when default is Automatic.
     
  9. flavallee

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    I have my own way of dealing with services in Windows XP.

    I start the computer and wait for it to completely settle down before I go into the services list.

    If an entry is set on Manual and shows a status of "started", I change it to Automatic.

    If an entry is set on Automatic and does NOT show a status of "started", I change it to Manual.

    The end result is usually about 1/3 of them set on Automatic and 2/3's of them set on Manual.

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