Windows XP: The Startup Folder
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A quick way to boost a computer's performance is to reduce the number of applications it runs when starting up. Some programs, such as anti-virus and hardware utilities, need to be run automatically, but an overabundance of startup applications can overwork a computer and use up too much memory.
The easiest way to keep programs from running automatically is to remove them from the computer's Startup folder:
1. Double-click My Computer from the desktop, or select it from the Start Menu.
2. Double-click the hard drive (default C:\).
3. Open the Documents and Settings folder.
4. Open a specific user account folder, or select All Users.
5. Double click the Start Menu folder.
6. Select Programs.
7. In the Programs folder, find the Startup folder and double-click.
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Any shortcut within this folder will launch a program automatically on startup. To take it off the list of startup applications, simply delete the shortcut.
Other related articles:
Windows XP: The Device Manager
Windows XP: The Shutdown Command
Windows XP: Booting into Safe Mode
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