How to Access Windows Startup

By George N. Root III

If your computer is running a bit slower than it used to, then there may be too many programs running in your start-up menu. Programs in your start-up menu slow the initial boot-up process, and they also slow the computer's performance by constantly running in the background behind all of your other applications. To see what is in your Windows start-up menu, you need to learn to access it.

Step 1

Save all data and close all open programs on your desktop. When you are done making changes to your start-up menu, you will be asked to restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Anything that you have not saved will be lost forever.

Step 2

Run your mouse pointer over the "Start" button and the words "Click here to begin" should appear on the screen. Press the left mouse button to activate the "Start" menu.

Step 3

Choose the "Run" option at the bottom of the right column of the "Start" menu. A small window will appear with a text box in it and a pull-down menu arrow along the side.

Step 4

Type "msconfig" in the text box and then click "OK." A menu screen will appear with multiple tabs running across the top of it.

Step 5

Click the tab that says "Startup." The list of programs in your start-up menu should appear, and you can now start adjusting your start-up menu to hopefully speed up your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful when altering the programs in your start-up menu. Some of those programs are essential to the operation of your computer, such as the system tray program, and if you turn them off your computer may not run properly. If you are unsure as to what programs you should be removing from your start-up routine, then seek out the advice of a computer technician.