Managing start up programs in Windows Vista

Using Windows Defender to control what gets loaded

By on November 17, 2006 4:36:27 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

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Windows Vista for me is a must-have upgrade for many different reasons. But some of the reasons it's so compelling are not being trumpeted enough.  Windows Vista includes with it a host of new tools for knowing a lot more about your computer than previously available.

For starters, open control panel:

Under programs look at "Change start up programs".  Under XP there was MS Config but Windows Defender is much nicer about this. Now you can actually control what is getting loaded up on your computer. 

As you can see here, I can now see what loads on start-up. The most common problem normal users run into is that after a period of time, their start up gets clogged full of junk and managing this can be really tedious.  In Vista, that problem goes away thanks to the integration of Windows Defender into Control Panel.  More advanced users will probably want something like TweakVista but as something that you know is there out of the box, this is very handy.

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November 17, 2006 4:51:38 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I always used 3rd party software to clear out my starup.  I'm glad to see this improved in Vista.


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November 17, 2006 5:17:10 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
In XP I use Mike Lin's Startup proggie to manage what's loading, but the 'startup' feature in Vista very good and a welcome addition to the Windows OS. MS may have attracted a lot of criticism over the Vista delays, but given the improvements between Beta 1 and RC2, they were wise to hold back on the final release and have done very well in creating a feature packed and stable OS.
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November 17, 2006 6:13:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Wow that's great addition!
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November 17, 2006 6:21:20 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I always use MSCONFIG
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November 17, 2006 9:01:52 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I use Secure Process Startup manager. I wonder if Stardock is going to drop support for that.
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November 20, 2006 10:38:42 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
It's not advertised as well as Vista does, but the most recent updates to Windows Defender for XP includes the Start Up program manager.
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November 21, 2006 9:20:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
I've always used Autoruns from sysinternals.com when I needed to sort through my start-up proggies...
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November 23, 2006 10:09:35 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Just go to Start->Run and type "msconfig.exe". Use the "Startup" tab.
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November 23, 2006 10:10:23 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums
Oops. I forgot. If your running Vista just click Start and 'start' typing msconfig. Man, I love Instant Search.
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