How to disable startup items on Windows XP / Vista / 7

Problem

Disable startup items on windows XP / Vista / 7

tl;dr

Run
msconfig -> Select startup -> uncheck items

Solution

If you have programs that start automatically with windows and you want to disable them, you can do it from msconfig.

  1. Open run – Windows key + R or start menu → Run.
  2. Type in 'msconfig' and hit ok.
  3. There will be a tab at the top. Select 'Startup' and uncheck any items you don't want to startup.
  4. On the main msconfig tab, it will default to custom startup vs normal.
  5. After hitting okay to accept the changes, you will be prompted to restart the system.


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