How to Stop a Program From Starting Up

A start-up program is a program that automatically opens when your computer starts. Having many programs starting up can become a problem for performance. According to computer expert Paul Collins, when a lot of these programs run at start-up, they each use part of your system's memory, causing many of the programs to be virtually unusable. If your computer has been running slower than normal, you may have be using too much memory with these start-up programs. Stopping a program from starting up may give you a little boost in performance.

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Help your computer's performance by stopping certain start-up programs.

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Click the "Start" button on your Windows taskbar.

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In Windows XP, click "Run." In the "Open" box, type "msconfig.exe" and press Enter. In Vista, simply type "msconfig.exe" in the "Start Search" box in the Start menu.

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Click the "Startup" tab in the System Configuration utility. You will see a list of all the programs that start up when your computer starts (the names with a checked box means they start up).

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Uncheck the program in question or any other potentially unnecessary programs.

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Click "OK" and restart your computer. If you wanted one specific program to stop from starting up, you should now notice that it does not.