New to Win7 - Need Advice!


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charliec

I have acquired a new computer and it came with Win7 (moving up from
my old computer on WinXP). I'm still trying to learn and master some
of the features. One area I need advice on - I have a number of
programs that appears to launch on start-up and I need to know where
to look to turn that off. I looked in the programs Options areas, but
do not see anything. In WinXP, in the "RUN" command box, you had the
MSCONFIG and Services.msc programs that you could review all start-up
programs. Where is that same capability in Win7?

Thanks
charliec
 
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Bob Hatch

I have acquired a new computer and it came with Win7 (moving up from
my old computer on WinXP). I'm still trying to learn and master some
of the features. One area I need advice on - I have a number of
programs that appears to launch on start-up and I need to know where
to look to turn that off. I looked in the programs Options areas, but
do not see anything. In WinXP, in the "RUN" command box, you had the
MSCONFIG and Services.msc programs that you could review all start-up
programs. Where is that same capability in Win7?

Thanks
charliec
Click on the start icon, lower left corner.

In the search box type msconfig

msconfig will run.


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I do not carry a gun hoping that
I'll be able to shoot someone, anymore than
I carry a jack hoping I'll have a flat
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Gene E. Bloch

I have acquired a new computer and it came with Win7 (moving up from
my old computer on WinXP). I'm still trying to learn and master some
of the features. One area I need advice on - I have a number of
programs that appears to launch on start-up and I need to know where
to look to turn that off. I looked in the programs Options areas, but
do not see anything. In WinXP, in the "RUN" command box, you had the
MSCONFIG and Services.msc programs that you could review all start-up
programs. Where is that same capability in Win7?

Thanks
charliec
As in XP, there are many other places for startup programs.

On the Microsoft site, find, download, install, and use Autoruns.exe.

Process Explorer is there too, and is useful to list more running
processes than Windows Task Manager shows.
 
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Iceman

I have acquired a new computer and it came with Win7 (moving up from
my old computer on WinXP). I'm still trying to learn and master some
of the features. One area I need advice on - I have a number of
programs that appears to launch on start-up and I need to know where
to look to turn that off. I looked in the programs Options areas, but
do not see anything. In WinXP, in the "RUN" command box, you had the
MSCONFIG and Services.msc programs that you could review all start-up
programs. Where is that same capability in Win7?
For third-party programs that run on startup I have had good experience
with Startup Control Panel. Free.

http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml
 
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...winston

charliec wrote in message
I have acquired a new computer and it came with Win7 (moving up from
my old computer on WinXP). I'm still trying to learn and master some
of the features. One area I need advice on - I have a number of
programs that appears to launch on start-up and I need to know where
to look to turn that off. I looked in the programs Options areas, but
do not see anything. In WinXP, in the "RUN" command box, you had the
MSCONFIG and Services.msc programs that you could review all start-up
programs. Where is that same capability in Win7?

The 'Run' command box in XP provide a field for the XP user to type in a command
i.e. msconfig and services.msc were not pre-configured as items in the Run command (they had to be typed in at least once.

The same is present in Windows 7 but the 'Run' option has to be configured to be shown on the Start Menu
- To configure the Run command to be shown on the Start Menu...rt. click the orb, Properties, click the Customize button, scroll
down the list of available items and put a check in the item box next to 'Run Command'
- once configured the Run command will be available on the Start Menu and allow you type in a command (e.g. msconfig or
services.msc)

Optionally in Win7 one could click the Start Menu (orb) and enter msconfig or services.msn into the Search field.
 
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Jeff Layman

As in XP, there are many other places for startup programs.

On the Microsoft site, find, download, install, and use Autoruns.exe.

Process Explorer is there too, and is useful to list more running
processes than Windows Task Manager shows.
Yes, autoruns is the easiest way to see what runs automatically.

But be very careful what you decide you don't want to run at start. A
few weeks after I got this laptop I decided to check a couple of the
boxes to stop what I thought was something unimportant (something HP had
installed - it's an HP machine). It rendered the laptop unbootable into
Win7, but fortunately I was able to restore to the "last known good"
Win7 at next boot.
 
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charliec

charliec wrote in message
I have acquired a new computer and it came with Win7 (moving up from
my old computer on WinXP). I'm still trying to learn and master some
of the features. One area I need advice on - I have a number of
programs that appears to launch on start-up and I need to know where
to look to turn that off. I looked in the programs Options areas, but
do not see anything. In WinXP, in the "RUN" command box, you had the
MSCONFIG and Services.msc programs that you could review all start-up
programs. Where is that same capability in Win7?

The 'Run' command box in XP provide a field for the XP user to type in a command
i.e. msconfig and services.msc were not pre-configured as items in the Run command (they had to be typed in at least once.

The same is present in Windows 7 but the 'Run' option has to be configured to be shown on the Start Menu
- To configure the Run command to be shown on the Start Menu...rt. click the orb, Properties, click the Customize button, scroll
down the list of available items and put a check in the item box next to 'Run Command'
- once configured the Run command will be available on the Start Menu and allow you type in a command (e.g. msconfig or
services.msc)

Optionally in Win7 one could click the Start Menu (orb) and enter msconfig or services.msn into the Search field.
Thanks - got it!
 
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...winston

You're welcome.
....and without any other information from your end on what you need to do....you don't need Autorun, Process Explorer, Startup
Control Panel to achieve the same task on Win7 as XP (or Vista).

Win8 takes a slightly different approach for Msconfig - in lieu of msconfig one uses Task Manager! :)




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charliec wrote in message
I have acquired a new computer and it came with Win7 (moving up from
my old computer on WinXP). I'm still trying to learn and master some
of the features. One area I need advice on - I have a number of
programs that appears to launch on start-up and I need to know where
to look to turn that off. I looked in the programs Options areas, but
do not see anything. In WinXP, in the "RUN" command box, you had the
MSCONFIG and Services.msc programs that you could review all start-up
programs. Where is that same capability in Win7?

The 'Run' command box in XP provide a field for the XP user to type in a command
i.e. msconfig and services.msc were not pre-configured as items in the Run command (they had to be typed in at least once.

The same is present in Windows 7 but the 'Run' option has to be configured to be shown on the Start Menu
- To configure the Run command to be shown on the Start Menu...rt. click the orb, Properties, click the Customize button, scroll
down the list of available items and put a check in the item box next to 'Run Command'
- once configured the Run command will be available on the Start Menu and allow you type in a command (e.g. msconfig or
services.msc)

Optionally in Win7 one could click the Start Menu (orb) and enter msconfig or services.msn into the Search field.
Thanks - got it!
 
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xfile

As in XP, there are many other places for startup programs.

On the Microsoft site, find, download, install, and use Autoruns.exe.

Process Explorer is there too, and is useful to list more running
processes than Windows Task Manager shows.
Everything you mentioned can be found here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals

For a beginner, it's better to start with Logon tag (Autoruns.exe) and
only try non-system programs. It's better to leave programs from system
builders (e.g. Dell, HP, etc.), Intel, and Microsoft intact, unless you
really know what you are doing.
 
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Gene E. Bloch

Yes, autoruns is the easiest way to see what runs automatically.

But be very careful what you decide you don't want to run at start. A
few weeks after I got this laptop I decided to check a couple of the
boxes to stop what I thought was something unimportant (something HP had
installed - it's an HP machine). It rendered the laptop unbootable into
Win7, but fortunately I was able to restore to the "last known good"
Win7 at next boot.
+1

But that applies to all forms of trimming the startup list...

It's still worth emphasizing, of course.
 
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xfile

I was being either lazy or Socratic, call it what you like :)

No problem at all. :)

It's just that I place Autoruns.exe on my desktop so I could use it after
some program updates(mainly Google Chrome and Adobe).



"Gene E. Bloch" wrote in message

Everything you mentioned can be found here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals
I was being either lazy or Socratic, call it what you like :)
For a beginner, it's better to start with Logon tag (Autoruns.exe) and
only try non-system programs. It's better to leave programs from system
builders (e.g. Dell, HP, etc.), Intel, and Microsoft intact, unless you
really know what you are doing.
More good advice.
 

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