How To: Run Programs at Startup in Windows XP

Run Programs at Startup in Windows XP

Do you know which programs run when you start up your computer? In this short tutorial, I will show you how you can see which programs run automatically at startup in Windows XP. You'll be surprised how many there are! 

Having multiple programs loading when you start up your system will significantly slow down the startup process. By carefully selecting which programs you actually want to run at startup and de-selecting the ones you don't, you can really speed up the overall boot-up process!

Now follow these 2 simple steps:

Step 1 Go to "Start" and select "Run"

Now type "msconfig" and click on "OK". This will take you to the system configuration utility.

How to Run Programs at Startup in Windows XP

Step 2 Select the programs

Now you can check or un-check the programs that you would like to run as your system is starting up. The more programs you select to run, the longer it will take for your system to start up. You will find that your computer can get bogged down by programs that have been automatically set to run at start-up, but that you no longer even use.

How to Run Programs at Startup in Windows XP


  • Un-check as many programs as you can for the maximum speed.
  • Leave the programs you absolutely need to start selected!
  • You will need to restart your system for the changes to take effect.

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