Windows XP is still used widely, even though Windows Vista and Windows 7 have been launched by the Microsoft. This is because Windows XP still remains as an operating system which is easy to use. To make it further easy to use, it might be worthwhile to check out about the startup programs associated with Windows XP which are explained below.
Startup programs in Windows XP are those programs which run during the starting up of a computer. Some of these programs like the SystemTray, LoadQm, Scan Registry etc are essential during computer start up. However, there are also some programs which run during computer startup although they are not essential for startup. Such programs only help in increasing the load on your RAM causing the computer to run more slowly and also increasing the possibility of crashes. Therefore, there is a need to reconfigure the way your computer starts up, in such a way that, unnecessary start up programs are not run during computer start up. So as to ensure that these programs will not run during start up, the Windows help team has formulated a series of steps by which the user can select from a list, the programs that need to run during a computer start up.
Procedure for selecting the startup programs
According to the Windows help team, the following steps are to be followed by the user to reconfigure the startup programs.
- Click on the “Start” icon on the bottom left corner of your screen.
- Choose the “Run” option to open the dialog box.
- In the title box named “Open”, type “MSCONFIG” and hit “Enter” or click “Ok” to launch the “System Configuration Utility” window.
- Select the “Start Up” tab which will show the programs run during the current startup of the computer.
- From the list of startup programs, uncheck any program that you don’t want to run every time the computer starts up. It is also possible to check every program by clicking on the “Enable All” button or also to uncheck every program by clicking on the “Disable All” button.
- After selecting the desired programs to run during start up, click on “Ok” so as to save the preferred settings.
- Finally, restart your computer, as the changes made will only affect the computer after it is restarted.
While unmarking programs, make sure that the programs needed to run Windows XP properly are not disabled. For any further assistance, it is advisable to get in touch with the Windows tech support team.
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