How to Edit Windows Start-Up Files

by Maya Walker

Editing your Windows start-up files can have a significant impact on the performance of your computer. The more programs set to run at start-up, the more likely your computer is to drag. A lot of programs that are in your start-up files can be safely removed without impacting your computer's performance. Once you remove a program from your start-up files, you can start the programs yourself later. You can edit your Windows start-up files with a few clicks.

Click "Start," then type "msconfig" in the "Search" field.

Click the "Startup" tab in the "System Configuration" window.

Uncheck the box next to the programs you want to stop from running at start-up.

Click "Apply" to save your changes.

Click the "Services" tab and uncheck the box next to any services you do not want to run at start-up. Click "Apply," then "OK" to save your changes.

Restart your computer by clicking "Restart" in the "System Configuration" window.

Check the "Don't show this message again" box in the "System Configuration" window that appears when the computer restarts. Click "OK" to continue.


  • check If you are unsure of whether you should leave a program running or not at start-up, leave it alone.
  • check There are many programs available online that can analyze your start-up files and stop the ones that are unnecessary.
  • check For more experienced computer users, the registry editor can also be used to edit Windows start-up files. Locate the file under the registry key for your start-up files, and delete it. Restart your computer to afterward to save your changes.

About the Author

Maya Walker began writing professionally in 2008. Her articles have appeared on a variety of websites, covering technology, personal finance, music and health topics. Walker is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas.

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