How to Run Startup Config in Windows

By Joe Burnham

The start-up configuration program for Microsoft Windows is a tremendously important tool for making changes to your computer's start-up process. Within it, you're able to disable various programs and processes from automatically loading when your computer is first turned on; this can have the effect of dramatically speeding up your system's performance, along with allowing you to discover what programs may be running covertly on your computer without your knowledge. The program is quick to load and simple to use, making it a great first-stop when trying to free up extra memory on your system.

Step 1

Click "Start" on your desktop toolbar. In some versions, this may be a circular "Windows" icon.

Step 2

Type "Msconfig" into the "Search" toolbar at the bottom of the newly opened toolbar. In older versions of Windows, you need to click "Run" instead, and then type "Msconfig" into the new window.

Step 3

Click on the icon which appears after searching for "Msconfig".

Step 4

Select "Startup" from the program's menu. This will enable you to make the necessary changes to your computer's start-up process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Seek advice before disabling any unfamiliar program from starting -- it may be a vital part of your system.