Startup menu

By Stacey
May 15, 2007
  1. I have a gateway laptop (stats are in profile) that I tried to stop some of the items on the startup menu. I received a warning that I was changing the way windows starts and did I want to continue. One of the items was the windows messenger. Is there a way to tell what start up items are necessary and which are not. I had checked the items here I am a little nervous about changing the setting that came programmed into the computer. Thank you for your help ahead of time.
  2. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    It`s perfectly safe to use msconfig`s startup tab to stop programmes from starting with Windows. However, if you`re unsure about what to stop, post a HJT log as per these instructions and I`ll help you to decide what can be stopped.

    Regards Howard :)
  3. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Not sure about Vista, but in XP I would just uncheck everything for start-up. Wont Windoze restart automatically what it has to have at start-up Howard?
  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    No, Windows won`t automatically start what`s been stopped, that would defeat the object of stopping items in the first place. However, it`s very easy to reverse the changes. ;)

    Regards Howard :)
  5. Stacey

    Stacey TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Reqested log

    I am not sure if the program name changed or not. I saved it to the C-drive as analyzethis. Please let me know if I did it okay. I use an encrypted d-link wireless routes on this laptop. Thanks for your time, Howard and halo71

    I just realized that I run in administrator is that a problem, this is a person computer.
  6. CCT

    CCT TS Evangelist Posts: 2,653   +6

    IMO, most Windows XP start-up programs use minimal resources and basically, in modern computers with decent resources available, don't need to be stopped.

    Rather than interfere with your OS, add another stick of RAM.

  7. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    You can safely stop the following items if you wish. Please note: None of the entries below are nasty and you don`t have to stop them all if you don`t want to.

    Run HJT with no other programmes open. Click the scan button. Have HJT fix the following, by placing a tick in the little box next to(if there).

    R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =

    R0 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =

    R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Connection Wizard,ShellNext =

    R3 - URLSearchHook: Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - (no file)

    After fixing the above, you will need to set a new homepage.

    O2 - BHO: AcroIEHlprObj Class - {06849E9F-C8D7-4D59-B87D-784B7D6BE0B3} - C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\ActiveX\AcroIEHelper.dll

    O2 - BHO: Google Toolbar Helper - {AA58ED58-01DD-4d91-8333-CF10577473F7} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll

    O2 - BHO: CBrowserHelperObject Object - {CA6319C0-31B7-401E-A518-A07C3DB8F777} - c:\windows\system32\BAE.dll

    O3 - Toolbar: &Google - {2318C2B1-4965-11d4-9B18-009027A5CD4F} - c:\program files\google\googletoolbar3.dll

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [Gateway Extended Warranty] "C:\Program Files\Gateway\GWCares\GWCares.exe"

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [igfxtray] C:\WINDOWS\system32\igfxtray.exe

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [QuickTime Task] "C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe" -atboottime

    O4 - HKLM\..\Run: [PC Pitstop Optimize Scheduler] C:\Program Files\PCPitstop\Optimize\PCPOptimize.exe -boot

    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [Power2GoExpress] NA

    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [swg] C:\Program Files\Google\GoogleToolbarNotifier\1.2.1128.5462\GoogleToolbarNotifier.exe

    O4 - HKCU\..\Run: [MSMSGS] "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background

    O4 - Global Startup: BigFix.lnk = C:\Program Files\BigFix\bigfix.exe

    O4 - Global Startup: Bluetooth.lnk = ?

    O8 - Extra context menu item: Send to &Bluetooth Device... - C:\Program Files\WIDCOMM\Bluetooth Software\btsendto_ie_ctx.htm

    O9 - Extra button: - {CD67F990-D8E9-11d2-98FE-00C0F0318AFE} - C:\WINDOWS\system32\Shdocvw.dll

    O9 - Extra button: Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

    O9 - Extra 'Tools' menuitem: Windows Messenger - {FB5F1910-F110-11d2-BB9E-00C04F795683} - C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe

    O16 - DPF: {30528230-99f7-4bb4-88d8-fa1d4f56a2ab} (YInstStarter Class) - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\yinsthelper.dll

    Click on the fix checked button.

    Close HJT and reboot your system.

    Depending on how many of the above optional items you stop, you may see an increase in your computers performance.

    Regards Howard :)
  8. Stacey

    Stacey TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 146

    Thank you Howard!!! I followed your instructions and the computer boots a lot faster now and all the programs I didn't need on startup are gone.
  9. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 24,177   +19

    That`s great news and thanks for letting us know.

    Regards Howard :)
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