Microsoft was kind enough to provide a utility called MSCONFIG that allows us to determine and control which programs Windows loads at Startup, but it is woefully lacking.
While MSCONFIG does list a handful of the applications that start up automatically, it doesn’t provide anywhere near a full list of all the independent processes that load into memory with every boot-up and consume precious CPU clock cycles.
Luckily, there is a better much better Windows Startup manager and it is available as a free download. It’s called Autoruns, and it lists virtually every process that loads automatically upon Windows Startup. It also gives a brief description and extra details about many of them, including the exact path to their location on the hard drive. If you see a program or process listed that you don’t want to load with every Windows boot, simply uncheck the box beside it. You’ll find a screenshot below. [Read more…]