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Startup programs in Windows 7: how are they configured or removed?

All operating systems load certain programs right after startup , many of which are important for your computer to function properly. It is also useful to start the ones you use most frequently this way. To do this, you will have to add more programs to the folder for startup programs. Similarly, there may be programs in the default folder that you want to remove from autostart so that the operating system loads faster and consumes fewer resources..

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  1. What are startup programs for in Windows 7?
  2. Startup programs folder in Windows 7
  3. Adapt programs through system settings
  4. Another option: modify Windows 7 startup programs through the Registry
  5. What programs should be included in startup programs?

What are startup programs for in Windows 7?

Automatic startup is a function of operating systems (also Windows 7) with which it is possible to load certain programs already at startup. Apart from the applications that the system needs to function properly, those that the user always uses are also included among these . Some examples would be an email management program, antivirus, or whatever software you need for work. Instead of opening these programs manually every day, Windows loads them directly at startup. However, this action slightly slows down the boot process, so only really useful programs should be included in this selection.

Sometimes there are programs that enroll themselves in the automatic start. If malicious software has been installed on your computer or laptop, it is very likely that you will find these programs in the autostart folder. Malicious software boots together with the operating system, then continues to run in the background in a hidden way. For this reason, it is very important to pay attention to the programs that are part of the startup programs, whose shortcuts are in a specific folder. If you know how to access the startup folder, you can optimize your autostart programs..

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Do you have another version of Microsoft's operating system? In Windows 8 and Windows 10 you can also configure the startup folder.

Startup programs folder in Windows 7

In Windows 7 it is very easy to access the startup programs folder through the initial menu. If you click on the Windows symbol in the toolbar and select "All Programs", you will see the "Start" folder. In this folder are the programs that will be started directly when the operating system starts, but not the executable files themselves: if you want to use the startup programs folder, you must first create shortcuts to the corresponding programs and move these accesses to the binder..

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The folder for startup programs (in English: Startup) is very easy to find in the initial menu.

In order to work correctly with the folder where the startup programs are located, you must open it in Windows Explorer. To do this, you don't have to navigate through a long and complicated folder structure, you can access the folder directly through the initial menu. If you right-click on the folder in question, you have the possibility to open two more: you can adjust the startup programs of the user whose session is logged in, or you can adapt the programs directly for all users .

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Include the shortcuts in the folder to assign autostart programs.
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In Windows 7, the folder with the startup programs has lost much of its meaning, so you may not find any programs here.

Adapt programs through system settings

Not all programs that load automatically at system startup are located in the startup programs folder. To deactivate this type of program, you must go to the system configuration. The quickest way to the desired list is the "Run" dialog box. To do this, press [Win] + [R] and type? Msconfig ?. A window appears with a tab called "Windows Start". Here you can see a list of all programs that load automatically at system startup , including information about the manufacturer of the software.

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Through the system settings you can remove startup programs in Windows 7.

If you have detected a program that should not belong to the startup programs, disable automatic startup by removing the check mark from the check box. Windows even offers you the ability to disable all applications at once. Use this option with caution: among the programs there may be some that are important for the operation of your computer. The program remains visible in the list, even if it is deactivated, so you can rectify it very easily.

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Another option: modify Windows 7 startup programs through the Registry

If there's a program you want to remove from the list and you can't find it in either the startup programs folder or in the system settings, your last resort is the System Registry. Here you will find any program that is installed on your system .

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You should only use the Registry to remove startup programs in Windows 7 if you know how to handle it correctly. If you delete the wrong entries, you can cause irreparable damage to your system.

You can open the Registry by typing? Regedit? in the? Run? and confirming with? OK ?. Now, inside the Registry, navigate to the? Run? Folder: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Microsoft -> Windows -> CurrentVersion -> Run

There you should see a list of all the startup programs on your system. You can delete the ones you don't want, but only if you're completely sure.

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Only experienced users should navigate the Registry.

What programs should be included in startup programs?

You must assess which programs to include in the portfolio according to your individual needs. You can include those programs that you normally open when you start your computer. You can also include applications that run in the background without you actively using them.

  • Antivirus software - Protection programs against viruses, Trojans and other malicious software can only function properly if they are run continuously. Put your antivirus software in the startup programs folder and don't risk forgetting to start it to avoid exposing your computer.
  • Backup software: regular backups allow you to lose as little (or no) data as possible in the event of a system crash. But for it to work, backups need to be done at short intervals. If the corresponding software runs in the background, no problem.
  • Email management software: so that you can check your unread emails immediately after booting your system, it is useful to include your email management program in the startup programs folder.
  • VPN program: if you use VPN software you can browse the Internet with relative anonymity. To protect your data transfers directly after startup, include the software in the Startup folder.

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