112. How Do I Add/Remove/Disable Start Up
There are times when it becomes necessary to
disable start-up items in order to troubleshoot problems. This is easily done via
the Microsoft Configuration Utility. At the same
time you might simply wish to remove the entry to the application from the
Start-up folder. Adding an entry to the Start-up
folder is very similar to removing an entry.
However, it is only on a rare occasion that you may
need to add an application to the start-up folder.
under normal circumstances the software will add
itself to the start-up folder, should it need to,
during the initial installation of the respective
software. Below are outlined the two main
- Click Start.
- From the Start menu click Run.
- In the Run dialogue box type: msconfig.
- The Microsoft configuration window will open.
- Click the Startup tab.
- Locate the software entry you are looking to
disable and remove the check mark
from the box on the left of the entry.
- Click Apply then finally
- Restart your pc when requested to do so.
- When the PC restarts a message will appear
telling you that you are running the pc in
troubleshooting mode. On the left of the message you
will see a check mark and an option
that says 'do not show this again'.
Remove the check mark and press OK.
This message only appears because you have made
changes to the configuration of your pc. By removing the check mark the
message will not appear again when you boot your pc,
unless, of course, you make any further changes to
the configuration via msconfig. But again you only
need disable the notice.
- Open Windows Explorer.
- Click My Computer in the list
on the left of the screen.
- Next click the + sign next to
your C: Drive entry.
- Click on the + sign next to
My Documents and Settings to expand
- Click the + sign next to
All Users to expand this list.
- Next click the Start Menu folder followed by Programs
- Within this folder you should see the items
that start from the common start-up. if you need to
add anything to start-up it needs to be copied here.
Although most applications that automatically need
to start-up when you boot your pc will install a