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How to Disable Autoloaders in Windows 7 and Windows 8

There is no direct connection between the different programs which get loaded as you boot and the various processes that slow down your computer a few hours later. Many programs that get automatically loaded when you boot fulfill their task and then close down. But there are programs that you load manually keep on running their operations long after you have closed them.

Many computers running Windows load a lot of programs as they boot, which slow down the boot process. Some of them keep on running and may slow down Windows as others may lead to instability and conflicts.

So, here are a few techniques how to cut the autoloaders.

Although there are many programs on your computer that you may like a lot, doesn’t mean you want them running 24/7. Choose which programs need to be active all the time, and which ones can be on only when you need them. Your antivirus program, for example, needs to observe the processes on your PC all the time. A password manager, on the other hand, is useful only when you need a password.

Here are separate instructions for the different versions of Windows.

Windows 7 (and earlier)

You need to open the Start menu and type ”MSConfig” in the Search window. This will bring up the System Configurations of your computer. Select the Startup tab. This will show you a list of the programs that get automatically loaded. You have the option to uncheck the ones that you do not want.

For this purpose, you need to figure the function of each program. Usually the name of the program makes it clear, but sometimes it is not enough. In such cases, you need to take a look at the Manufacturer and Command sections in the table. They give information about the creator of the software and the location of the file on your computer. If the information is not sufficient, you can always do a fast research on the Web.

Another approach is to remove a piece of software and see if things are improving or not. The “Date Disabled” section gives you information about the programs you have recently unchecked.

Windows 8

On your Desktop right-click the taskbar in order to open the Task Manager, and then press the Startup button. Although the information provided there might not be that much, it is still sufficient enough if you know where to look. The “startup impact” column is especially useful. It informs you how much that particular program slows boot time. This way you can choose which programs to remove and which ones to leave.

To disable a program, you need to right-click it and then choose Disable.

The “Open file locations“ option provides you with information about the location of the program on your hard drive. Unfortunately, there is no “Date Disabled” option here, so if you decide to experiment with disabling different autoloaders, you will need to note which ones you have disabled.


Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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  1. Avatarajay

    hello berta bilbao, first of all if you were with me, i must give you a treat, have been searching for this since weeks, but none of the google resulta gave me a correct solution, finally got a working one from you, thanks again


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