Remove items from the startup menu  - Computer can start faster
For Windows 95 - 98 - 2000 - xp  - vista - windows 7 - windows 8

 Some folks have a bunch of things in the startup or start up , start menu folder or menu folder.

The result is that it takes too long to start the computer because too much excess stuff will have to get up to speed. 

The whole list of programs has to start up everytime you start the computer.

This slows down everything.

You have to decide what software programs you need to run immediately after starting your computer.

You can start other programs later if you want.

Windows 8

  • In the search bar type in "msconfig" then as it appears - click on that link.

  • Then go to the newly opened System Configuration box and click on "Startup".

  • When that opens you will see a list of applications that are checked.

  • Uncheck those that you do not want to open on startup.

  • Click "OK" - then click "Exit Without Restart".

  • You should be all set.


Windows 7
this one works.

When you remove a program icon from the Start menu this doesn't remove it from the All Programs list. It also does not uninstall the program. It stops it from starting on computer start up.

  1. Click the Start button

  2. Right-click the program icon you want to remove from the Start menu, and then click Remove from this list.

Forl older Windows Programs

For windows 95 or 98 click on Start and then Settings and select Taskbar.
  • Select the Start Menu Programs tab.

  • Click the Remove button.

  • Open the Programs folder and then open the Startup folder.

  • Highlight the items in the Startup folder that you want to remove and click the Remove button.

  • Click the Close button.

  • Click the OK button.


Windows 2000 keeps several different Startup folders. Only a user with administrator rights can change all of your Startup folders.
  • Click the Start menu and select Settings.

  • Select Taskbar & Start Menu.

  • Click the Advanced tab.

  • Click the Remove button.

  • Open the Programs folder and then open the Startup folder.

  • Highlight the items in the Startup folder that you want to remove and click the Remove button.

  • Click the Close button.

  • Click the OK button.


Windows XP keeps several different Startup folders. Only a user with administrator rights can change all of your Startup folders.
  • Right-click the Start button, and then click Properties.

  • On the Start Menu tab, click Classic Start menu, and then click Customize.

  • Click Remove.

  • Open the Programs folder and then open the Startup folder.

  • Highlight the items in the Startup folder that you want to remove and click the Remove button.

  • Click the Close button.

  • Click the OK button twice.

Windows Vista this one is easier

  • Open the Control Panel

  • Type "startup" into the search box.

  • The link for "Stop a program from running at startup" shows up immediately.

  • You will see the Windows Defender screen that lets you manage the startup programs.

  • Choose to remove or just disable any startup item using this panel.
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