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Block Startup programs in Windows

If it takes very long time for your PC to boot up, chances are that you have large number of programs in your start up folder. Having too many programs automatically start with every boot is not only big time waster but quite annoying experience as well.

There are two ways to remove programs from automatically starting with Windows boot..

  1. You can delete program short-cuts from your start up folder. The programs you delete from your start up folder will still exist in your PC, but these programs will not automatically start when you boot up your PC.

  2. Problem withprevious approach is that, you mightdelete unwanted program. Another approach you can take is disabling these programs from starting up. You can useMSCONFIG utility for this.

    1. In Windows Vista, enter MSCONFIG in ‘Start Search’.

    2. In Windows XP, go to Start -->Run, and then type MSCONFIG. Once MSCONFIG utility is opened, click on STARTUP tab and uncheck any unwanted programs.

Next time when you start your PC, these programs will be blocked from starting up. You can always manually start programs. You can also unblock these programs by placing a check mark against these blocked programs. Once you are comfortable, you can delete these programs using approach one.

"Windows has blocked some startup programs" Pop-up

If you blocked some start-up programs using MSCONFIG utility, you might get popup every time you start your PC. The reason is system is starting in Selective mode (Experimental mode).

Here is how you can switch off this popup

  • Click on the popup.

  • Choose Run blocked program –> System Configuration Utility.

  • You will get a message box stating System Configuration is currently in Diagnostic or Selective Mode. Check the ‘Don’t show this message or start System Configuration when windows start’ message.

You should not see the annoying popup any more.


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    thanks a lot....

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    Take 2 seconds to write the pathway so we aren't forced to either choose number two or Google a better source.

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