Enable only essential startup programs in Windows Vista

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Enable only essential startup programs in Windows Vista

The following solution will show you how to enable only the essential startup programs in Windows Vista.

Note: You may want to print the instructions, because you will need to restart your computer to comlete the process.

Enable essential programs

1. Click Start. In the Start Search 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 Continue on the User Account Control window.

3. Click the Startup tab.

4. Click Disable all.

5. 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.

6. Click OK.

7. Click Restart to restart your computer.

8. 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.

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, contact your software manufacturer to find out whether a particular program is required at startup and then manually add it to your list of startup programs.


Enable all programs

1. Click Start, in the Start Search box, type msconfig, and then tap the Enter key on your keyboard.

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

IMPORTANT: The instructions given below should be attempted only if you are unable to launch the System Configuration Utility window.

The other programs running on your computer may conflict with your attempt to connect to the AOL service or use up the resources required for the AOL software to function effectively.

Note: The steps given below will close all unnecessary programs; however, when you restart the computer, these programs will start again. To keep these programs from starting, please contact your computer manufacturer.

1. Right-click a blank portion of the Windows taskbar, and then click Task Manager.

2. Click Continue on the User Account Control window.

3. Click the Applications tab.

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

5. If prompted, click End Now. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until all the programs are closed.

6. Click the Processes tab.

7. Click Image Name to sort the processes alphabetically.

8. 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 computer to function efficiently.

  • explorer.exe
  • services.exe
  • spoolsv.exe
  • svchost.exe
  • system
  • taskmgr.exe
  • winlogon.exe

9. When prompted by a Task Manager warning message, click End Process.

10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 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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