Enable only essential startup programs in Windows XP

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Enable only essential startup programs in Windows XP

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

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

Enable essential programs

1. Click Start and then click Run. In the Open box, type msconfig and then click OK.

Note: If the System Configuration Utility window fails to launch, skip to Close other programs 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 your computer.

7. Once the computer restarts, select the check box next to Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows start, and then click OK.

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.

IMPORTANT:  You can enable some or all of your startup programs at any time; however, returning to your prior settings may cause the issue to reoccur. 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 and then click Run. In the Open box, type msconfig, and then click OK.

2. Click the Startup tab.

3. Click Enable All.

4. Click OK.

5.Click Restart to restart your computer.

6. Once the computer restarts, select the check box next to Don't show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts, and then click OK.


Close other programs

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

2. Click the Applications tab.

3. Click a program to select it, and then click End Task. Repeat until all programs are closed.

4. Click the Processes tab.

5. Click Image Name to sort the processes alphabetically.

6. 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

7. When prompted by a Task Manager Warning message, click Yes.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until all non-essential programs are shut down, and then click No.

After trying all of the steps above and you are still experiencing issues, return to the previous article and continue troubleshooting.


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Last updated: 06-19-2014
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