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How to control the Windows startup applications

How to control the Windows startup applications

A few weeks ago we gave five tips for keeping Windows fresh as the first day , and that is if you are users of the Microsoft (any version) you will know that over time it can get really slow, due inter alia to the fragmentation files, installing programs that increase the so-called Windows registry, etc..

Besides recommending you defragment, uninstall programs obsolete, and have some good tools that take care of the bugs that plague eventually Windows, today we talk about how to control the Windows startup programs, both the system itself as installed by ourselves or those that are marked to start automatically when booting the OS.

The problem is that many ordinary users, and after all Windows is just a system designed for people on foot, do not have to know that programs are run with the system, or to install it can be one of your options. Generally, there are two different basic ways to run programs from the start, and although the user can modify, applications and the system also can.

The startup folder

The Startup folder within the start menu is a special folder in the system since Windows 95. Startup in Anglo-Saxon versions, allows users to run programs at start simple: Just enough to drag a shortcut to the folder so that it run at startup. Therefore, if you want to get rid of that program we do not want to run but we want to keep in the system, we must follow the following three steps:

  • Check that the program or application does not have an option to start with the system
  • Check that the program is not in the Startup folder/Startup
  • Check the system log (next item)

Once we have ensured that the application does not have an option to disable your own home, going to the Startup folder and remove the access. If not, move on to the next point, although it should be a few things first. Since the introduction of Windows users there is only one folder Home, but several. Specifically, one for each system user, plus two additional: that of AllUsers, for all users, and the DefaultUser, used to create new profiles.

In most cases you can simply click menu to start and make the right choice: Open to all users, or open, which will take us to our personal folder. Should check both.

The system log

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- Poor memory or computer slow at times? -

This step is perhaps more complicated, but do not panic. Windows is based on a series of files that is stored in the system configuration, which make up the famous Windows registry. The same is editable through a program of Windows itself, for which of course will need administrator rights, something which is no problem if the computer is ours.

To the editor abrirmos ejecturar window Run and type regedit. Automatically we will have a key editor in which we must find the following routes:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER Software Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Run

Both contain the same information that could contain the Startup folder: A series of routes of applications that run on system startup. It should keep them under control, and this must be one of the first places we look when the system becomes unstable due to an unknown application is running.

Edit the registry keys is something that should only make an advanced user, or at least one user who knows what he does. Still, it’s easy to identify the programs outside the system by looking at their routes.

External Applications

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Finally, and perhaps the most advisable option for users not experienced, use an application like CCleaner , which we have spoken several times and not only help us to choose the applications start-just go to the Startup option -> Windows access the same list that we have in the Windows registry, but will help us clean up a number of other elements such as temporary files and Internet residuals or the operating system itself.

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