There are a few ways to get to the System Configuration Utility in Windows 7.

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Similar to previous versions of Windows, you can launch the utility by pressing the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box, type msconfig.exe in the Open box, and then click OK.

An alternative (and slightly faster) way is to click Start, type msconfig.exe in the Search box, and press Enter.

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