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starbase1
12-15-2008, 04:00 PM
Can anyone recommend a good tool to help manage what program are run as part of startup under Windows XP?

Nick

Anti-Distinctly
12-15-2008, 04:06 PM
I think easy cleaner has a startup editing option http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm

Tobian
12-15-2008, 05:03 PM
As well as being a great tool for cleaning up [email protected] windows and other software leaves on your HD, and malware remover http://www.safer-networking.org/index2.html has a nifty system startup editing tool :)

Just take care when you use it, you might wipe stuff you don't mean too! :D

manholoz
12-15-2008, 05:21 PM
I use Tune-Up 2009 for my Windows-fixing thingy.

http://www.tune-up.com/products/tuneup-utilities/

Hopper
12-15-2008, 05:30 PM
I just use the built-in Service Manager. If you have things that run that are not services, just take them out of the "Run" key in your registry. (USER and MACHINE).

hrgiger
12-15-2008, 07:17 PM
Why can't you just use msconfig from the run menu and go to the start-up tab and enable what programs you would like to run upon startup. I never run anything upon startup.

Hopper
12-15-2008, 07:23 PM
Why can't you just use msconfig from the run menu and go to the start-up tab and enable what programs you would like to run upon startup. I never run anything upon startup.
Also another good way of doing it.

Jarno
12-15-2008, 08:00 PM
Sysinternals (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx), particularly the Autoruns tool. I recommend you get the whole suite (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/0e18b180-9b7a-4c49-8120-c47c5a693683.aspx).

I'm currently also using Startup Delayer (http://www.r2.com.au/software.php?page=2&show=startdelay) to delay loading Steam at startup until the network has been set up, otherwise Steam doesn't start properly on XP64.

---JvdL---

Stooch
12-15-2008, 08:31 PM
or use tweakxp

tyrok1
12-15-2008, 09:28 PM
I'm partial to msconfig. Been using it for a long time, and it works wonders, so long as you know what you're doing.

zapper1998
12-16-2008, 04:19 AM
Format C: Reload OS ??

:)

starbase1
12-16-2008, 04:22 AM
Format C: Reload OS ??

:)

I already boot into Ubuntu when I really need some speed!

But in all seriousness, thanks to all for the suggestions, I've not had a junk cleanup for a long time, (though I am very careful with by anti virus and anti adware)

Stooch
12-16-2008, 04:36 AM
I'm partial to msconfig. Been using it for a long time, and it works wonders, so long as you know what you're doing.

yes but msconfig only alters your .ini file, tweakxp handles your registry too, both could be full of junk!

The Dommo
12-16-2008, 04:39 AM
HijackThis - free tool

starbase1
12-17-2008, 06:04 AM
How about any recommendations for the best registry clean-up tool? (And as always, free is nice!)

Nick

jaf
12-17-2008, 06:06 PM
As Jarno said, "sysinternals". The Process Explorer is also better (I think) than the the stock Task Manager.

Have a look here:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/0e18b180-9b7a-4c49-8120-c47c5a693683.aspx

tyrok1
12-17-2008, 07:26 PM
yes but msconfig only alters your .ini file, tweakxp handles your registry too, both could be full of junk!

Only partially true - the startup tab does have the ability to alter the registry, I believe, as far as startup is concerned.

But you're right - it doesn't fix registry errors or clean the registry of junk. For that, you would need a different utility.

starbase1
12-18-2008, 12:43 AM
I use Tune-Up 2009 for my Windows-fixing thingy.

http://www.tune-up.com/products/tuneup-utilities/

I downloaded and looked at a lot of these, in the end this one seemed a good combination of power and ease of use. Thanks to all for chipping in!

Nick