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Disable and Enable Windows 7 Startup Programs – TechNet Articles – United States (English)

Many programs when they are installed on your PC, they are configured to load themselves into the startup of Windows, so that the moment you boot your machine and Windows starts, they automatically start and most of them can be seen in the notification area
when they are loaded. Having plenty of startup programs can decrease the performance of your machine, and its preferred to check what is configured to run on the startup and disable any application that you don’t desire it to run on startup.

To disable or re-enable startup programs, follow the steps below:

  1. Startup programs are listed inside the System Configuration administrative tool. In Windows 7,  the
    System Configuration tool can be opened using the shortcut for its applet, or going through the
    Control Panel to open it. I will show you both ways:

  • Opening System Configuration using the Control Panel:

    Click on Start

    , then click on Control Panel .

    Click on System and Security

    then click on

    Administrative Tools

    From the list of administrative tools, double click on
    System Configuration

  • OR 

    Opening System Configuration using msconfig.exe :

    Simply, click on Start
       then type
    msconfig in the Search programs and files textbox and click

  1.  The

    System Configuration

    applet will open, click on the



  2. Under the


    tab, a list of all the programs that are installed on your machine

    and configured to be run on startup

    will be listed. Any program that you don’t want it to load anymore on startup, simply uncheck the box beside that program’s name. If later on you found your self that you need
    that program to load on startup, then you will have to check the box beside the application again.

    Also note that in single click you can disable all program that are listed inside the System Configuration and load at the startup of your Windows. This is done by clicking on the
    Disable all button.

  3. For example, I will stop Windows Live Messenger to load on startup, so what I will be doing is to remove the checkbox from the box beside the Windows Live Messenger.

  4. Click on


    and you will notice that the date on which the selected application was disable on will be mentioned under the

    Date Disabled


  5. Once you click on


    , you will receive a dialog box informing you that the changes will not be applied till you reboot your machine, click


    to reboot your machine, or if you want to reboot later, then click on

    Exit without restart


  6. When your machine boots up, the programs that were disable to load on startup will not load this time. For example, previously I have disabled Windows live Messenger to load on startup, and after I rebooted the machine, the Windows Live
    Messenger tray icon was not loaded into the notification area .


Lots of programs when they are installed on your machine, they are automatically loaded into your Windows startup, this sometimes decreases the performance of your machine. It is much better to check what is running into your startup and disable any
undesired program to run on startup. This will result into freeing more memory for the system to do other things. Why would I need a program to load into the startup and consumes resources and memory when I’m not using it ! simply, disable it.


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