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windows xp cant find "start up manager"

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by moondoggy, Aug 11, 2008.

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  1. moondoggy

    moondoggy New Member

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    hey all,
    i am trying to manage start up items on my system, yet when I check under
    "start"
    then
    "programs"
    start up manager is not there.. there is an empty "startup" folder, but no manager.
    i looked all over,
    any ideas?

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  2. moondoggy

    moondoggy New Member

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    dont have that listed under programs....... thats what I'm asking... i think
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    Try this... START >> RUN... Then type msconfig

    This brings up the "System Configuration Utility" which will allow you to control what starts and what doesn't.
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    Redox Minister of Fire

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    ... But be forewarned that you can make a real mess of things in msconfig if you are not careful.

    Chris
  5. moondoggy

    moondoggy New Member

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    ah, good....i will try that, carefully. thanks guys.
    it seems everytime microsoft does a "updates are ready for your computer" thing,
    I get more tabs/icons down right by the clock, and my system takes longer to boot up...i also installed kaspersky... (bye bye pain in the ass norton)
    which does a big scan of startup programs.
    i'm itching to see what is actually booting at startup.....i got a feeling "Barbie Fun n' Games", "Dell Music Maker" and a ton of unneeded stuff start up.

    i appreciate it.
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    http://www.ccleaner.com/

    CCleaner (CrapCleaner) is a good program for dealing with start up items also. but it is wonderful for cleaning and fixing wasted crap in your registry, which can lead to problems, and also over time slow down your machine.

    It's Freeware (though not open source), but a great program.

    But when you install, make sure you don't install the yahoo tool bar, and uncheck Run CC from RecyleBin, Open CC on Recyle Bin, Automatic Updates (not worth it).
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    CrapCleaner gets installed on every computer I touch.

    Also look into hijackthis to remove unwanted programs from starting. Beware, it finds everything that runs so make sure you know what you are removing.

    Run a good backup first: DriveImageXML
  8. moondoggy

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    sweet, msconfig got me in and there were a lot of programs at my start up i didnt want started up... like msmessenger, quicktime,musicmaker...ect.
    i appreciate the help, it starts up much quicker.

    already have hijack this. good product.
    also run adaware,
    spysweeper,
    cw shreader.
    and this Kaspersky is great. it updates a flipping lot, so i switched it to manual. but system resources are much less then that norton hog, and it does a great job.

    you think i still need crap cleaner??
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    I might as well add the other utils I use :)

    SpyBot is a mainstay
    I also use SpywareBlaster This just creates a block list in both IE and Firefox and also puts in dns blocks and cookie blocks, simular to Immun in Spybot, but ittends to have a few more extras so running both once a week is good preventive service.

    Also a good firewall, I tend to use ZoneAlarm (Pro and Free) however there other good ones too. But knowing what applications are trying to call home is a good thing.

    Crap Cleaner is a YES it makes sure your reg is clean not from bad things in the sense of spyware but everytime you change, remove, install, reinstal, upgrade any program it makes an entry int he registry. The registry was always MS's downfall with OS design, well that and a single user os platform too, but that aside, using CCleaner is good to keep your machine optimized.
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    pete324rocket Feeling the Heat

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    Crap cleaner is good as well as spy bot. I have same problem with xp and found that while I was computing,the windows updater started running and tied everything up.You can see this when you open the task manager..."wualt" comes on board so after trying "end process" to free up the computer,I went to windows update and disabled it.Runs much smoother and as long as you don't have a "porno user" in your house, things will be fine.Plus you can always visit the updater later as you please.There is so much protection now,it is almost overkill.
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    I love Vista Ultimate. ;)
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Say it ain't so Hogz. I have a new laptop that I am ready to chuck out the window because of vista (pro) and I'm supposedly a professional computer dude. Of course that is half the problem, I am using and doing stuff that most users probably wouldn't have a reason to do.
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    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    I truly do think its the best of the Windows put out yet.
    Do the software manufacturers need to get up to speed and bring out compatible software/drivers etc? Damn sure they do. But I still think its the nicest looking, and most trouble free for me.
    95 was good in its day, the one before 3x was it? was primitive, I always hated 98, XP was the shizzle, but Vista for me is the most trouble free.
    Its not old hardware/software friendly, but the reason I built the new puter, was to move ahead. So guess that means other hardware & software the same.
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    I miss DOS 3x... Might have to fire up my old 386 again to experience it!

    I am a big fan of backwards compatibilty in my technology and Vista is just so...not compatible, not to mention being such a resource hog. I have been having extremely good luck with XP and I am about to cut loose an order for a new laptop while I can still get it. I have to intereface with a lot of equipment at work and Vista has issues with some mfr's software. Some of the equipment I work with is still running DOS based stuff. Anyone tried to order a laptop with a real RS-232 port lately? The USB adapters don't work all the time...

    I'm getting tired of the IT guy at work. His solution for every problem that isn't easy is a wipe and reinstall. I'm on my 4th laptop reconstruction project right now...

    Chris
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