MSCONFIG can be used to speed up the booting processes and also reduce or eliminate computer crashes. Each time your computer is started there is a long laundry list of programs that are initialized during the startup process. Since these are initialized behind the scenes you must use the MSCONFIG command to see the list.
In the run command type ‘MSCONFIG’ and then press enter. The system configuration screen will appear. From this screen you will see the options available to you in a tabbed format.
1. General – Here it tells you what type of startup your computer is performing. Normal, Diagnostic or selective are your usual options.
2. Boot – This tab will show you what your boot software is (i.e. Windows XP, Windows 7, etc.). You can also change your boot options but this is NOT recommended.
3. Services – Under the services tab you will find all the services on your system. It will provide you a status of the service so you can see what is running or not. You can also see these services in your task manager screen. Here you can enable and disable programs that are located on your computer.
4. Startup – Here will be a list of all the programs that initialize when you start your computer. You will see many programs in there that you have no need to start up until you are ready to use the program. Why are they on the list to initialize during startup? There are many reasons why a program can show up on this list. The main reason is the program is written to attach to your startup. Program writers do this so when you click a program, for example adobe, it opens quickly because all the backend program codes were initialized at startup.
As you go through the startup list and uncheck programs keep in mind to ONLY disable the programs that you recognize. If you question what a program is, leave it enabled. If for any reason you start your computer and find that it doesn’t seem to be working properly you can go back into ‘MSCONFIG’ and under the General tab you can select ‘Normal Startup’, apply and restart. This will wipe out the selective startup settings you created.
5. Tools – In this tab you can launch curtain services if needed quickly. Now most of what you find in the tools section can be accessed through your control panel. The need to use this tab is minimal. You can start things such as system properties, event viewer, system restore and so on.