Win 2000 msconfig

By yaeugd ยท 14 replies
May 24, 2003
  1. win2k & msconfig??

    I just updated to win2k and still a little confused about it, in win 98 I was very used to msconfig to edit what was running in the back ground to free up the ram and system, but I am unable to use this command in win2k, I get an error massage telling that the command file does not exist??? please help...
  2. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    It's not there in Win2k. You can look in the startup directory in the profiles (C:\Documents and Settings) and in the registry (regedit) under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run for what's running at startup. Be careful with regedit.
  3. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    You can also use "mmc"... (start->run->"mmc" (without quotes)

    Then choose "console" and "add/remove snap-in".
    "Add" and scroll down to "services", choose "Local Computer" and click finish. (close and OK yourself back to mmc)

    now you can see what services is running, choose if they should run automaticly, or be started manually etc...

    Just remember to save the snap-in before you start doing anything, or you might get in trouble...

    A bit safer than regedit, and easier to use :)
  4. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    That will show which services are running but won't show startup programs and programs that run under the Run line in the registry.
  5. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    That is true... Guess i didn't read his post properly...
    Thought he only was after tweaking services... My bad...

    But it's still a much better way to control the services than going into the register yourself... ;)
  6. yaeugd

    yaeugd TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I checked and no msconfig software installed on wn2k, but what about removing things from loading at startup, used regit amd saw whats running but what about removeing them from startup?? could I use a third party software and what is good out there??
  7. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    I just came across this the other day. There is a free program for download available at the link below that can be used as a msconfig type program to start and stop programs on startup.

    Here is the link.

    I hope this helps, and it might be something that a lot of people should look at who are running win200 as it is a good utility.
  8. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    I think you can use 98's msconfig in 2000 too.
  9. Tarkus

    Tarkus TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 621

    I think Mictlantecuhtli is right. I only have Win2k machines around here so I don't have access to Msconfig, but I remember other forums have said that you can use it, now that my mind was refreshed.
  10. desdgl

    desdgl TS Rookie Posts: 36

    I am running Windows 2000 Professional and every time i go to start, run and type in msconfig it says that msconfig cannot be found. is this normal? how can i access msconfig using win 2000 pro? Please help
  11. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    The answer is no, but there are alternatives, including the "manual" way and third party programs.

    Edited after I merged with an almost identical thread.
  12. PakAsad

    PakAsad TS Rookie

    Yes u can use msconfig just like in win98 on win2k pro. Im surprised it was only lightly mentioned but all you have to do is use the win98 msconfig. If you don't have that one you can download it : HERE

    Windows 2000 users should download it to C:\WINNT\system32. To use it, go to Start|Run, type msconfig and click OK.
  13. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 173

    The windows 98 version will work, but you may get some errors.
    The XP version is said to work fine in 2k, you can get it here.
  14. PakAsad

    PakAsad TS Rookie

    yeh the link I gave above is the winXP one. And you're correct that the win98 one gives some errors.
  15. alphnumeric

    alphnumeric TS Rookie Posts: 173

    Ok, I wasn't sure so I thought I would link to both just in case.:)
    I don't think the errors amount to much more than another one of Bill's little nag screens.:D
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