Enable only essential startup programs in Windows 7

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Enable only essential startup programs in Windows 7

To enable only essential startup programs in Windows 7
1. Click Start. In the Search programs and files box, type msconfig, and then tap the Enter key on your keyboard.

Note: If the System Configuration Utility window fails to launch, skip to to close any conflicting programs.

2. Click the Startup tab.

3. Click Disable All.

4. Select the check boxes next to programs that are essential for your computer.

Note: For the AOL service to perform optimally, we recommend that you choose only relevant programs like AOL and McAfee to load at startup. These programs should load automatically. However, you can choose to load them manually by selecting the check boxes next to the programs that are required at startup. For instance, to start McAfee, select the check box next to mcagent; to start AOL, select the check box next to AOL or AOLSoftware.

5. Click OK.

6. Click Restart to restart the computer.

7. Check whether the issue is resolved. If the issue persists, you may enable all of your startup programs by following the instructions given below. However, to continue troubleshooting, click the Back button given below.

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Important: You can enable some or all of your startup programs at any time. However, returning to your prior settings may result in the recurrence of the issue. Instead, you may want to contact your software manufacturer to ascertain whether a particular program is required at startup, and then manually add it to your list of startup programs.

To enable all programs
1. Click Start. In the Search programs and files box, type

2. Click the Startup tab.

3. Click Enable All.

4. Click OK.

5. Click Restart to restart the computer.

Note: To continue troubleshooting, click the Back button given below.


Close other programs

To close other programs in Windows 7
1. Right-click a blank portion of the Windows taskbar, and then click Start Task Manager.

Note: Please ensure that you unpin all the programs that you want to remove from the Windows taskbar. To unpin a program from the Windows taskbar, right-click the respective icon on the Windows taskbar, and then click Unpin this program from taskbar.

2. Click the Applications tab.

3. Click a program to select it, and then click End Task.

4. Repeat step 3 until all programs are closed.

5. Click the Processes tab.

6. Click Image Name to sort the processes alphabetically.

7. Click a process, other than the required processes listed below, to select it, and then click End Process.

Note: Please do not end the processes mentioned below as they are required for the efficient functioning of your computer.

  • explorer.exe
  • services.exe
  • spoolsv.exe
  • svchost.exe
  • system
  • taskmgr.exe
  • winlogon.exe
8. When prompted by a Task Manager warning message, click End Process.

9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 until all non-essential programs are shut down, and then click Cancel.

Note: To continue troubleshooting, click the Back button given below.

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Last updated: 08-11-2011
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