Stopping Items from Starting Up
It’s an unfortunate trend, but seemingly every new application you install wants to have itself startup or run some portion when Windows XP boots. This not only ties up memory and CPU resources, but causes your computer to take additional time when startingup.
You can pretty easily see what is set to startup by using the Microsoft System Information tool, but this only presents a read-only view. In order to be able to manipulate the programs running at startup, you can dive into the registry or use a free 3rd party tool written by Mike Lin. Startup Control Panel was written to give you the ability to easily disable startup programs.
You will want to make sure you have a recent backup before performing any modification of your startup programs. Most programs can be safely disabled from automatically starting, but there are some specific programs Windows uses to perform basic OS level functions.
The Startup Control Panel tool can be found on Mike Lin’s web page - http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
1) Once downloaded, run Startup.exe.
2) The Startup Control Panel program will start.
3) Flip through the tabs – each one listing a different way programs are started – applications that are checked will start automatically, unchecking the box will disable it.
4) When you’ve finished, close the application. Any items you unchecked will not start the next time you boot windows.
If you aren’t sure which programs you can safely disable, you may want to look up the program on a site like “Windows Startup Online Repository".