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    Default Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    Does anyone know how to clearly identify the items listed in the START column of MSCONFIG (in Windows-XP,) so the unnecessary ones can be unchecked? The titles given there are not at all informative, and I'm reluctant to uncheck anything that I can't identify.

    Thanks in advance for any useful advice offerred.

    Anthony

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    Default RE: Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    All you really need to do is Select Selective Startup Then uncheck "Load Startup Items"

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    Default RE: Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    You should really use services.msc instead of msconfig.

    For all the info you could ever want on XP services, check out this page.

    http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm

    Most informative. :)



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    Default RE: Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    >Does anyone know how to clearly identify the items listed in
    >the START column of MSCONFIG (in Windows-XP,) so the
    >unnecessary ones can be unchecked? The titles given there
    >are not at all informative, and I'm reluctant to uncheck
    >anything that I can't identify.
    >
    >Thanks in advance for any useful advice offerred.

    1. look up the name with www.google.com and see what you turn up.
    2. post the name here and we can assist.

    Derek
    Cheers
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    Default RE: Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    Thanks, guys. I went to the site suggested above by Jeff, and it does indeed contain all you will want to know about what can be safely unloaded from the start up. It's a warehouse of information, and can be printed (in Acrobat Reader)for reference. Check it out.

    Thanks again.

    Anthony

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    Default RE: Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    Hi Anthony:

    I think I have the solution you are looking for. The following site has a list (updated often) of all the odds and ends many programs load up at startup. It also offers a description of what each irem does. That way you can decide which item(s) you wish to remove or which program loads what DLL/VXD/exe etc.. The site is
    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.htm .
    In the middle of the web page there is a hightlighted word "list". You can download it or view it online(I believe).

    Hopes this will help u in your msconfig problem(s).

    Bill Mandziuk

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    Default RE: Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    The only useful(or neccesary) ones are ScanRegistry and SysTray.

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    Default RE: Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    You will need explorer too.
    Scanreg is not required.

    Derek
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    Default RE: Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    >You will need explorer too.
    >Scanreg is not required.
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    >Derek

    Explorer will start itself even if you do not tick it in msconfig.


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    Default RE: Using MSCONFIG in Windows-XP

    Systray.exe is not required for the tool bars at the bottom of your Win98 desktop. That is handled by an entirely separate library DLL, over which the user has no control. For WinXP, the registry holds the data for display of the Tool Tray, as the average user you won't need to be concerned. Systray.exe is so far as I know not even present in XP.

    Systray.exe is useful ONLY if you are going to use Scheduling or some form of it, also if you don't want to use your audio card controls (why wouldn't you want to use them?), a volume control is available via systray.exe.

    I deleted systray.exe from my Win98SE years ago, everything runs fine.

    Seems that WinXP Services and the startups for OS's other than XP are being confused. Services in WinXP are not the same thing as what you see when you open msconfig.exe: Briefly, msconfig.exe will allow you to load utilites such as EasyTune - a Gigabyte CPU overclocker - or Cacheman, or any number of other APPS.

    Services in WinxP are entirely different. The user could do worse than reading about them at: http://www.blkviper.com/WinXP/strangeservice.htm
    - don't be apprehensive about the name, the operator is a very staight guy. Brian Livingston ("Windows Secrets ..." series) is as as conventional as they come in the computer business. He recommends the above site. You will probably find a couple dozen winXP services which can be turned off in, reducing the memory overhead.

    So far as scanreg goes, WinXP automatically runs it on boot. In WIn98 and prior, you have a choice. Whatever and however, if you don't run scanreg often (viz daily at boot), you may be getting nasty surprises. You can have it run automatically on boot for a Win98 system, via msconfig.exe.

    'Nuff said.

    Bing


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