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I used to be able to go start>run msconfig (in win XP) but now I get a message saying the file is missing.

What I want to do is edit what starts up at startup.

Is msconfig the dest way or are there freeware programs that do it better?

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IMHO Autoruns is way better than msconfig. I've used it for years and it offers much more granularity in processes and locations.

I'm not sure what happened to your msconfig.exe. you could do a search of your pc and find it.

I found the .exe in this folder: C:\WINDOWS\pchealth\helpctr\binaries. I'm not sure where it is supposed to live, though.

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hmmm interesting – Matt Refghi Sep 15 '09 at 15:55

I recommend autoruns, but if you prefer msconfig, you can find it here on XP:


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Just to chime in with another alternative to msconfig: If the machine is running Windows Defender it also has a startup manager built-in.

But yeah, I prefer autoruns for level of detail.

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the default location MSCONFIG.EXE is c:\windows\system32

if the file is missing you may expand it from your installations CD:

expand d:\i386\msconfig.ex_ c:\windows\system32\msconfig.exe

where d: is the assumed drive letter of your CDROM/DVD drive.

while MSCONFIG is not a startup manager (autoruns and the likes do a far better job indeed) it is certainly a viable troubleshooting utility and the reason for its miraculous disappearance should be investigated as well.

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