Using MSCONFIG To Change The Boot.ini In Vista

The boot.ini file is a hidden read only file. If you change the file attributes, you can edit the file and alter the way that your computer boots. Of course, this should only be performed by experienced users since a simple error can leave your system unbootable.

A safer way of editing the boot.ini file is to use the System Configuration Utility included with Vista. First of all it eliminates the chances of making typographical errors that could otherwise occur. It also allows you to configure several advanced boot options. You can open the utility using the steps below:

  1. Press the Windows + R keystrokes to open the Run command.
  2. Type ‘msconfig’ and click OK.
  3. Click the Boot tab to make changes to the file.

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What Can I Uncheck In MSCONFIG's Startup List?

When I run “MSCONFIG” to show everything that is loaded or run automatically on startup, I get a really long list of things I don’t understand. What’s what? How can I fond out which ones are safe to turn off?

Here’s the list of what it shows right now. Maybe you can tell me?

It was a long list. I couldn’t take the time to track down each item on the list.

The problem, of course, is that everyone’s startup list is different. Depending on your computer, the hardware installed, the software installed, the programs you run, the features you have enabled… each of those, and more, can cause an entry in the startup list.
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Autoruns v8.31

Once upon a time we knew exactly what was running on our computer no matter if you were starting up, shutting down or just typing away at your autobiography. These days though it seems like there are a million and one things running on my current computer and it is really hard to tell what I do need and what I don’t need. Autoruns 8.31 works as a good helping hand to see what exactly is running when my computer boots up.
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