Unessential Services In MSconfig / Removing From Startup?

Jan 27, 2008

I am using Netflix's new media player to view flix online.Problem is, my CPU usage is hovering at round 90% as I watch them.I know that there are unessential services in XP that start at boot time and was wondering which ones I could disable so as to avoid crashing my laptop while view a movie.

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edit * safe mode it loads fine no slow down.
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I want a program to run at startup and I want to be able to change what I have done at any time.

There are a number of unchecked entries in msconfig and I have to use Selective Startup all the time.

If I want to revert to Normal Startup under the General tab instead of Selective Startup, the program's box automatically rechecks itself in Startup.

The Startup tab gives me a handy record of what I did and allows for an easy change of mind so long as I continue to use Selective Startup.

If I edit the Registry to stop programs running at startup, they won't show in msconfig and I lose the handy record of how it was and I may have to reinstall the program to go back to it running at startup.

I would like to accomplish this:

1. Use Normal Startup instead of Selective Startup.

2. Have some programs not run at startup, but be able to easily change back to having them run at startup.

3. Have a readily accessible list of those programs and the details as shown under the Startup tab as a reminder of how it was without having to manually enter it all into a text file or keep a notebook or reinstall.

Is there some way to use Normal Startup, stop programs running at startup, but retain or find a list of those programs (including the details under the headings Startup Item, Command, Location) that is shown when using Selective Startup with unchecked boxes under the Startup tab?

To put it another way, use Normal Startup but somehow retain the convenient flexibility of Selective Startup.

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Try making my laptop less slow and not freeze all the time when doing the simplest of tasks.

However, my problem happens after trying to disable the Startup Items from the MSconfig dialogue.

-After I have unchecked the boxes I don't want, I click OK or Apply;

-It then tells me I have to restart for the changes to take place, so I do this;

-Then after completing its restart a message says that "The System Configuration Utility is in Diagnostic or Selective Startup mode, causing this message to be displayed and the utility to run every time Windows starts up."

-it then opens the MSconfig dialogue box again.

If I just close the utility or click ok, sure enough it keeps on opening every time I startup. Or else, what it's trying to convince me to do is to start up in Normal Mode. But I won't do this because then all the Startup Items I'd disabled become enabled again and the whole lengthy task was a waist of time!

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Ought to to choose diag?Or Selective?because I can't decide which programmes I ought to remove and which to leave in, but I'm sure I have too many.

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On looking at the startup options in msconfig, which is what's causing the command prompt window to open:

Startup Item: svchost

Command: C:windowssystem32driverssvchost.exe
Location: HKCUSOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrenVersionRun

So using the account that is in the administrators group I tried to deselect it but when clicking Ok or Apply I get this message:

Error: An Access Denied error was returned while attempting to change the service. You man need to log on using and Administrator account the make the specified changes.

But I am using an Admin account...!?!?

So I tried rebooting into safe mode, then as the 'Official' Admin account to change it but when I login as the Administrator the svchost isn't in the start up options?

There are a couple of other accounts that are just standard accounts and they don't have the svchost on their startup.

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Nomally, in the Windows Current Version registry key there is an entry "Run" for those items ticked to start up and a key "Run -" where the non-starting up items are listed. However I don't have the Run - key, therefore I can't delete these items.

I suspect that previously when there were some items I wished to delete, I might have deleted the whole key rather than the individual items in it.

I thought this key would automatically be regenerated - but obviously not.
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