MSConfig is a utility to troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows startup process and is bundled with the operating system. It allows the user to disable or enable services and autostart entries, and change boot parameters.

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remove a boot option from Windows 7 menu (with grub)

I've an old eeepc that was shipped with Windows 7 starter installed, about a year ago (or more) I've installed a Debian/Linux using the Debian installer for Windows, everything went fine or so I ...
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Slow startup due to event log

My computer takes roughly 10-15 minutes to startup. I found that if I disable Windows Event Log in msconfig that startup is normal again. This is on windows 7. I am guessing that the event log is ...
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Can someone explain how programs are allowed to re-check themselves to run at startup despite the fact I have previously unchecked them?

I am talking about the menu in msconfig (system configuration) for windows operating systems. On the Startup tab I will uncheck things I don't want to run on startup such as Adobe reader, or Itunes, ...
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How to see what's going on during Windows shutdown/logging off process? [duplicate]

Windows 7 msconfig lets users select the options No GUI boot and OS boot information to have a list of drivers being loaded during boot. Is it possible to have similar detailed messages during ...
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Win7: Autostart (mcsonfig) for user SYSTEM?

Okay so when you open up msconfig.exe, you can select which applications that should start when turning on the computer. It's in the tab "Autostart". However, that tab only show alternatives for the ...
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How can I add an item to the Startup list in MSConfig?

I've got a small console application that runs some SVN commands on a number of folders that I run first thing in the morning. Is it possible to add this to the list of things Windows runs at startup? ...
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msconfig not saving changes to startup items / Windows 7

Any changes I make in msconfig or Autoruns to remove items from startup seems to work without error in those two programs. However, after the reboot, the startup items I disabled are back again, ...
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What to do when “msconfig” cannot stop an app from starting?

I'm using Windows 7, 64 bit, I'm having an issue with Private Tunnel, it's a VPN application. It keeps starting when Windows start, even though it's not supposed to. These are the only apps that are ...
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Windows 7 crashes after changing number of processors

I incorrectly changed the number of processors in msconfig to 4.... my system has an i5 dual core processor. The original number was 1. My computer will not boot to safe mode. It will run a startup ...
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restart loop in my windows 8 after manipulating msconfig

My 64bit windows 8was working ok untill changed msconfig boot mode to safe(my hp driver wont install). After restarting my system, windows starts to boot but suddenly a blue screen shows up and ...
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msconfig overridden with restart

Several times I have gone to msconfig and unchecked SendIt from automatically starting with boot up. Several times, after a reboot, SendIt starts up and a box shows up. Am I doing something wrong or ...
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Edit Windows registry without starting Windows

I've just received a laptop that has a nasty malware/ransomware (you can find more details here) From what I've read it's enough for me to start in safe mode and remove some items from startup run a ...
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Startup Applications aside from startup folder and msconfig [duplicate]

Is there any place (such as the registry) where startup items could be stored? As far as I can tell Fraps "start on windows" does not appear in msconfig or the startup folder. I am running windows 7
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Startup items windows 7/8

In msconfig, when exactly do the "services" and "startup" items get run? Do the services run on boot, and do the startup items run when the user logs in? Also do the startup items get started up for ...
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Windows 7 “maximum memory” boot option oddity and performance impact

Situation: I have a DELL Precision M4500 laptop with Win7 Pro 64bit. Yesterday I upgraded from 8GB RAM to 16GB RAM (2 slots) [As an aside, upgrading was a bit of a gamble because there is a lot of ...
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How to disable start up programs for only one user

The title says it all. I got 2 accounts. How do I disable some programs with msconfig on that particular account but not on the other account?
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How can I disable Windows 7's default WiFi drivers?

I recently installed a Netgear N600 WiFi adapter on my Windows 7 HP Desktop Computer. This adapter comes with its own drivers and a utility program for managing the adapter. I want to only use ...
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Whitelist .EXE in UAC? - WIndows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista Selectively disabling UAC for specific programs on Windows 7 Grant permanent UAC permission to one program? How can ...
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msconfig “access denied” - need to be an administrator, when I am

On a WinXP SP3 laptop, any time I make a change in msconfig, I receive the following error: System Configuration An Access Denied error was returned while attempting to change a service. ...
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moving MS config settings to a new profile?

Since my profile for my main user is screwed up I created a new user and then did a copy and paste of the contents from the old user to the new user. How can I export all of these settings (boot, ...
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Boot.ini tab missing from msconfig in Windows XP

I have a machine with Windows XP that is stuck on the loading screen like in this question: Windows XP stuck on loading screen The highest upvoted answer to that question seems like the next most ...
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Where can I find good documentation on “msconfig” and “services.msc” for Windows 7?

Running Windows 7 I'm trying to boost the startup speed of my computer and I'm going through "msconfig" and "services.msc" to disable some applications from starting up automatically when the ...
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Are startup items, services, and scheduled tasks the only things that run without my explicit involvement?

On a virgin out-of-the-box Windows machine, and before making any Internet connection, if I wish to remove or disable any applications that might run without my explicit consent, is it sufficient to ...
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Command Prompt, msconfig, regedit close immediately after opening

cmd.exe, regedit, msconfig and other system utilities close immediately after I open them. After restarting Windows, the folder option "Hide extensions for known file types" is automatically checked. ...
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Which startup programs and services to disable

What I usually do is I go to msconfig and disable all startup programs, and all non-Microsoft services. But, I've heard an opinion that hardware manufacturers install additional software with the ...
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What does MSConfig mean when in a “registry key?”

As in the title, I know what MSConfig does, and I know it is an abbreviated version of Microsoft Configuration Utility, but what does it Actually Mean in a "registry key" once I follow this typical ...
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Msconfig -> Boot.ini -> Advanced Options -> Number of Processors

Are these the number of the processors used for boot time or the cpu cores? Also, what's the default value and what would happen if I activate the max number of processors on the drop down list?
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Automatically Enable/Disable services and Start-Up items in Windows XP

Is there a way to have "profiles" of services and startup items in XP. So I can reboot into an XP with my virusscanner enabled, and reboot with it disabled (not having to manually go into services and ...
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How to keep memory consumption below 500 MB or less than 25 processes at background on netbook?

I bought a netbook yesterday, (I'm loving it) but I will never understand why they need to be a lot of processes running on background. I worry about other users who have no idea about it and continue ...
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How to find the file used by each service listed on msconfig?

I need to know the file name of each service listed on msconfig. Is that in the Windows Registry?
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When you uncheck a startup entry in msconfig, where does the entry go?

Just as the title says. I'm using Windows XP and I was wondering where entries go when unchecked (including registry entries and entries in the Startup folder of the start menu).