On Fri, 18 Sep 2009 07:05:33 -0700 (PDT), John Goche
> How do I configure an application (such as skype)
> to start up or not start up automatically when I
> log into Windows Vista Home Premium?
To have a program start automatically, put a shortcut to it into
C:\users\Your User Name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu
Substitute the correct name for "Your User Name."
To *not* have a program start automatically, read the following:
First, note that you should be concerned with *all* programs that
start automatically, not just with those that go into the system tray.
Not all autostarting programs manifest themselves by an icon in the
On each program you don't want to start automatically, check its
Options to see if it has the choice not to start (make sure you
actually choose the option not to run it, not just a "don't show icon"
option). Many can easily and best be stopped that way. If that doesn't
work, run MSCONFIG from the Start | Run line, and on the Startup tab,
uncheck the programs you don't want to start automatically.
However, if I were you, I wouldn't do this just for the purpose of
running the minimum number of programs. Despite what many people tell
you, you should be concerned, not with how *many* of these programs
you run, but *which*. Some of them can hurt performance severely, but
others have no effect on performance.
Don't just stop programs from running willy-nilly. What you should do
is determine what each program is, what its value is to you, and what
the cost in performance is of its running all the time. You can try
google searches and ask about specifics here.
Once you have that information, you can make an intelligent informed
decision about what you want to keep and what you want to get rid of.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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