Most people have installed software that has managed to imbed itself in your system in such a way that it always starts up whenever you start up your computer. This behavior is quite welcome in such things as virus scanners and backup utilities. With other software it can be darn annoying. This webpage attempts to document where some of the start-up items are and how to disable them.
If you are running Windows (flavors: Win9x/Me/2K/XP) then you can run msconfig.exe to determine what is running and where it was initiated from. Third party tools are often more useful. Some people prefer the services.msc management console which prevents you from disabling services vital to boot your system.
Windows XP Startup Folder Location(s)
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start\Menu\Programs\Startup
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Start\Menu\Programs\Startup
|Software Name||Website Address||Type||Comment|
|Advanced StartUp Cop||www.windows-startup-cop.com||shareware||control what programs run at system startup when you turn on or logon to your computer|
|Process Viewer for Windows||www.xmlsp.com/pview/prcview.htm||freeware||PrcView is a process viewer utility that displays detailed information about processes running under Windows. For each process it displays memory, threads and module usage. For each DLL it shows full path and version information|
|Startups||www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php||website||central resource for PC users and Tech Support staff alike who are concerned about the poor performance of their PCs due to the number of programs that run at system start-up|
|Startup Control Panel||www.mlin.net||Freeware||nifty control panel applet that allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts|
|Startup Man||www.forrestandassociates.co.uk/pcforrest/index.html||Freeware||designed to take control of all those pesky programs and background services that load and run at log|
|Startup Cop||www.pcmag.com/article2/0,4149,897146,00.asp||Freeware||PC Magazine utility - control which programs Windows launches at start-up|
|www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm||Task List Programs|
|www.blkviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm||Windows XP Home and Professional Service Configurations|
|www.theeldergeek.com/services_guide.htm||Services Guide for Windows XP|
|wwww.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/howitworks/management/w2kservices.asp||Glossary of Windows 2000 Services|
If you have trouble Getting into Windows 2000 or Windows XP Safe mode after several attempts try turning off the computer as it is booting into Windows. When the computer is turned on the next time Windows should notice that the computer did not successfully boot and give you the Safe Mode screen.
Note: with some computers if you press and hold a key as the computer is booting you will get a stuck key message as the computer is booting. If this occurs, instead of pressing and holding the "F8 key", try tapping the "F8 key" continuously until you get the startup menu.
If your computer will not start after you install new software, you might be able to start it with minimal services in safe mode and then change your computer settings or remove the newly installed software that is causing the problem. You can reinstall the service pack or the entire operating system, if necessary.
If a symptom does not reappear when you start in safe mode, you can eliminate the default settings and minimum device drivers as possible causes of the computer's inability to start.
The startup options are:
For more information, see To start the computer in safe mode
For more information, see To start your computer at a command prompt
If you are using, or have used, Remote Installation Services to install Windows on your computer, you might see additional options related to restoring or recovering your system using Remote Install Services.