Get complete overview of windows startup programs

Do you experience slow windows XP startup or vista startup? Speed up windows startup by getting a complete overview of windows startup programs with Autoruns. This is a free tool from the sysinternal suite of Microsoft.

Do you have a new PC/computer system that came preloaded with applications or is yours an older systems on which you have installed numerous programs over a period of time? Do you see too many icons on the system tray? Well these are all the primary cause for slow windows XP startup or vista startup.

Upon installation, many programs configure themselves to start automatically when you log on. Sometimes these programs just pop up a query asking you whether to place an icon in the system tray and most times they don’t let you know about the autostart. The applications get themselves placed in the system tray, so that they can automatically check for updates, or because they use system tray icons to interact with users, or because they add functionality to Windows components like windows explorer.

However most of the programs do not provide an interface or option to let you disable their autostart functionality.Earlier we covered XenCare Startup Blaster to overcome slow windows XP startup or vista startup.This review is on microsoft’s very own sysinternal tool Autoruns.

Run AutoRuns and it automatically shows you the currently configured auto-start applications as well as the full list of Registry and file system locations available for auto-start configuration. Autostart locations displayed by Autoruns include logon entries, Explorer add-ons, Internet Explorer add-ons including Browser Helper Objects (BHOs), Appinit DLLs, image hijacks, boot execute images, Winlogon notification DLLs, Windows Services and Winsock Layered Service Providers. You can even switch tabs to view autostarts from different categories.thus it gives a complete overview of all windows startup programs.

How to disable or delete windows startup programs?

To disable a program that is configured to auto-start, simply uncheck check box next to the auto-start entry in Autoruns. If you want to delete an auto-start configuration entry, use the Delete menu item or toolbar button. To view auto-starting images for different user accounts, Select entries in the User menu.

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If you are comfortable with command line usage of tools, then try Autorunsc, a command-line version of Autoruns.

The following is the usage syntax:

Usage: autorunsc [-a] | [-c] [-b] [-d] [-e] [-g] [-h] [-i] [-l] [-m] [-n] [-p] [-r] [-s] [-v] [-w] [-x] [user]
-a	Show all entries.
-b	Boot execute.
-c	Print output as CSV.
-d	Appinit DLLs.
-e	Explorer addons.
-g	Sidebar gadgets (Vista and higher).
-h	Image hijacks.
-i	Internet Explorer addons.
-l	Logon startups (this is the default).
-m	Hide signed Microsoft entries.
-n	Winsock protocol and network providers.
-p	Printer monitor drivers.
-r	LSA providers.
-s	Autostart services and non-disabled drivers.
-t	Scheduled tasks.
-v	Verify digital signatures.
-w	Winlogon entries.
-x  	Print output as XML.
user	Specifies the name of the user account for which autorun items will be shown.

Free download Autoruns and Autorunsc and get a complete overview of windows startup programs.Thereby overcome slow XP startup or vista startup.

One comment on “Get complete overview of windows startup programs

  1. Autoruns definitely a replacement for Msconfig ,autoruns also helpful in identifying suspicious services and disabling them

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