How to Run Config for Startup Options in a Windows Computer

By Bruno Fuerte

The Windows operating system automatically loads several programs at startup. Each of these programs consumes valuable system resources such as RAM and CPU time. A large number of startup program will hinder system performance and increase the time it takes Windows to load. Users can turn off unnecessary startup programs with the Microsoft System Configuration Utility.

Step 1

Open the System Configuration Utility. Click on the "Start" button, select "Run" and type "msconfig" without quotation marks in the task box. In Windows 7 and Vista, click on the "Start" orb and type "msconfig" without the quotation marks in the search box.

Step 2

Click the "Startup" tab in the System Configuration dialog box.

Step 3

Choose your startup options. A check box precedes each program in the "Startup Items" list. Items with a check mark will automatically load at startup. Click on the check box to unselect items you do not want to load at startup. Click "Apply" and close the dialog box.

Step 4

Restart the computer when prompted. You may see a pop-up dialog box informing you that your system is running in "Selective Startup" mode. Click the check box next to "Do not show this message again."

Tips & Warnings

  • The System Configuration Utility is available in all versions of Windows except Windows 95 and Windows 2000. You can install the Windows XP version on Windows 2000 (see link in Resources), but Microsoft does not support it.
  • Some programs in the "Startup Items" list are necessary for Windows to run properly. Do not unselect a program if you are not familiar with its function.