Why To use MSConfig to control startups?

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andyspeake

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Hi Everyone,

Sometimes I see a lot of users using MSConfig to control startups.

Personally I never use it, as there may be risks involved and there is more suitable software designed specifically for that purpose...
Why you should not be using MSconfig to control startups!!

1. MSconfig was designed to be used only as a temporary debugging/troubleshooting tool. It was not meant to be used for long term solutions.
2. MSconfig does not show all startups anyway.
3. If you uninstall programs while they are being disabled with MSconfig, they will not be uninstall properly and you will have to resort to manual registry editing to properly get everything removed. MSconfig will leave orphan entries if/when installed software is uninstalled while under the control of MSconfig . When/if MSconfig is turned back to normal startup, it will give errors on boot due to those orphan entries.
4. MSconfig and Services:
  • If you uninstall programs while you have some of the programs services being controlled with MSconfig, the programs will not be uninstall properly and you will have to resort to manual registry editing to get everything properly removed.
  • When you uncheck a service in msconfig, you completely disable it. If you uncheck the wrong one, you may not be able to restart your computer.
  • It is safer to control services by using Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services (this runs services.msc).
5. You can lock malware items into your registry that you may not see anymore until some point in time where you switch back to Normal Startup mode and now you can cause total reinfection of your PC with the malware. You need to remove the malware not mask it.
If you still don't understand why not to use MSconfig, see what Microsoft writes Here

The System Configuration utility helps you find problems with your Windows XP configuration. It does not manage the programs that run when Windows starts.
In the microsoft link it says:
'The System Configuration utility helps you find problems with your Windows XP configuration. It does not manage the programs that run when Windows starts.'

I'm wondering what people think of that as I see quite a lot of people using that method
 

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What Risks ????
If you need something running at startup, and you've turned it off .... Just turn it back on.
Personally, I have several programs that do not need to be started at Boot .. They'll start when I need them.

One program I start at boot .. Is a program that stops any program from adding itself to my Start list .. Without my permission.
 
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I have used and recommended msconfig for years. Never had trouble because of it nor do I anticipate any.

Using Autoruns can be easier or safer for some. I use it and really like it.
 
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