How to Change Startup Items

If your computer is visibly slower with each successive start, then programs that have added themselves to the “Startup” menu might be the source of the problem. Windows 7 includes an option for you to selectively enable and disable these items.


Step 1 – Click the “Start” button at the lower-left corner of your screen. The window that pops up is referred to as the “Start” menu.

Click Start


Step 2 – Type “msconfig” into the search field at the bottom of the “Start” menu, then press “Enter” on your keyboard.

Type msconfig


Step 3 – Click the “Startup” tab at the top of the window.

Click the Startup tab


Step 4 – Scroll through the list of startup programs, then click the box to the left of each program that you want to enable. To disable programs, click that same box to remove the check mark.


Click the check box at the left of the window

Step 5 – Click “Apply,” then click “OK.”



Step 6 – Click “Restart” to restart your computer and begin the startup process with only the programs that you have specified.

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