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How to Configure your startup programs in windows

pexels-photo-920381.jpegThis is a simple tutorial on how to configure what programs startup when your computer turns on, or when you log into your user profile for the first time. You might ask. “Why is this something I need to even worry about?” Or “Don’t I want my most used programs to start when I log in?” Well, you know how everyone says. “My computer just doesn’t run as fast as it used to.” One of the possible reasons is you have a copious amounts programs starting when your computer first turns on, and those programs take time to load up. Make sense? Good, let’s begin.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is to open up your RUN window by clicking your windows key on your keyboard plus your R key(Windowskey.png+R). That should bring up a window that you can type your RUN command. In this case, your going to want to type msconfig and hit enter.


That’s going to bring up your system configuration window that looks like this. msconfig2.PNG

From there you’re going to want to click the startup tab. If your running windows 7 its going to look something like this. (Windows 10 users, standby)msconfigstartup-7.jpg

If your working on windows 10, then you’re going to get a screen that tells you to open your task manager. Just click on the link to open your task manager, and your task manager will open to this screen.  10startup.PNG

Okay, whatever screen you’re looking at depending on whether your a Windows 7 or 10 user, this is where we are going to make necessary changes to our startup programs. For Windows 7 users your just going to uncheck the programs you don’t want to start and check the ones you do. For Windows 10 users you’re going to enable or disable the application by right-clicking with your mouse and selecting enable or disable. It’s important to note that you’re not going to want and just prevent every item in this menu. If your unsure about anything I would leave anything that says Intel, AMD,  or Microsoft alone. The first step is out of the way. After you close the window, a notification will appear telling you to restart your machine for the changes to take affect. Go ahead and do that and make sure it had the desired effects.

We are going to do one more thing just to make sure there is nothing else that can be hiding in the startup. We are going to start again by hitting our Windowskey+R key again. This time we are going to type shell:common startup and hit enter. Windows 7 users, please standby you’re going to access this a little differently.


After you hit enter, a file explorer window is going to open up with program icons. Its very possible that it can open up blank which indicates that there are no programs in this start folder, and there is nothing else that needs to be done.  If there are undesired program icons in this folder all you have to do is right click them and hit delete.

Okay windows 7 users, your turn. In Windows 7 the way you access the startup folder is much different. You can directly get to it by clicking your windows icon in the bottom left part of the screen, going to programs, then finding your startup folder, then add or remove your programs as needed.


There we go you now have complete control over what programs startup with your PC. This is an effective way to prevent those annoying programs that startup with your PC, as well as help your PC startup just a little faster. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed creating it if you did enjoy it, please come back later for more PC tips and other content.