Instructables

Choose which program starts up when your computer turns on

Picture of Choose which program starts up when your computer turns on
Does it get annoying when you turn on your computer and you have to wait for all of the programs to start up before you can do anything? Well this is how you can change that!

No programs are needed to do this.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Start up

Picture of Start up
We have to get into "run".
You can do this by pressing the "start" button and the "R" button at the same time.
Or Going to "start", "all programs" Accessories" and then "run".
In "run" type "MSCONFIG" which should automatically bring up a program.

Step 2: Choosing the programs

Picture of Choosing the programs
Click "startup" in the "System Configuration" program.

Then all there is left to do is tick which programs you want to start up when you turn on your computer :D
kidmosey2 years ago
Just don't touch the services tab, as it disables services completely and will likely cause issues down the road.

My first diagnostic act when fixing computers that actually boot to windows is to revert msconfig changes. 4 out of 5 times it will fix the issue, and the other time is usually a virus.
pfred22 years ago
So just how fast are we talking about here? For instance my i3 running Linux Debian Squeeze finishes its boot process in 5 seconds. I know this by looking at the time stamps in /var/log/syslog.

For an illustration I have this:

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/2250/wedoct27bootchart.png

That is a 1 GHz P3 I run Linux Debian Lenny on, and it takes a whole 16 seconds to boot up. Older PCs are slower.

How fast do you think I could get my P3 system to boot Windows 7? It has a designed for Windows 98 SE sticker on the side of it ...
Brayden1122 (author)  pfred22 years ago
I'm sorry but I'm not sure because I'm sort of a rookie when it comes to computers I just really only know some handy tips and that. If anyone else can help pfred2 out please do.
A rookie is all I ever am when it comes to computers. They just keep changing faster than I can keep up. I learn new stuff but not nearly as fast as new stuff comes out, so I know less now than when I started. You may have noticed between my P3 and i3 I had to change how I determined my boot speed. That is because my bootloader changed between those two systems. So the old way I used, that program that made the nice graphical chart, I don't know how to use it with the new bootloader.
UOS2 years ago
That is a perfect way for making your computer start faster... Also a life-saver instructable for beginners :)
Brayden1122 (author)  UOS2 years ago
Thank you :D
ChrysN2 years ago
Thanks, that was very helpful. I can't believe how much stuff starts up that I don't need.
Brayden1122 (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
That's ok I'm glad I helped you :D and yer it is surprising how much stuff starts up that you don't need :)
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!