(phone minutes/dollars are running short so thought i'd <shudder> toss that mess back on so as to use some sort of voice/video/phone app. while prepping, ran across some stuff that might be of use. i found the following stuff on the make xp run faster page at Ask Bob Rankin. lots of other stuff there too.) Startup Applications List If you're frustrated with the time it takes your PC to boot and then it seems to be running slowly you probably have too many programs running at startup - and have come to the right place to identify them. This is the original startup programs (as opposed to processes/tasks) list - one of the most comprehensive and most accurate! For further information on how to identify and disable startup programs please visit the Startup Content page. For further information on random startup entries please visit the Startup Info page. For the next few months and foreseeable future I'll be verifying many of the Y, U, N & ? entries via virtual machines. If you can verify/identify those entries with a "?" status (especially hardware specific - such as laptops and motherboards) then please E-mail me (address at bottom of the page) or use the new Message Board. Last update :- 31st March, 2009 Startup Content INTRODUCTION Last database update :- 31st March, 2009 18311 items listed The intention of these pages is to provide a central resource for PC users and Tech Support staff alike who are concerned about the poor performance of their PCs due to the number of programs that run at system start-up. The following information is provided: * Background to the problem * Techniques that can be used to identify and disable start-up programs from running * A comprehensive list of programs that are loaded at start-up * A request for additional programs or updated information DISCLAIMER: It is assumed that users are familiar with the operating system they are using and comfortable with making the suggested changes. I will not be held responsible if changes you make cause a system failure. Paul Collins (aka Pacman) Pacman's Portal Start-Up Info Last update :- 2nd March, 2009 18311 items listed. Introduction When most software is installed these days it will often add to the number of programs that run at startup - often including another icon on the System Tray. Many of these are not required for every day PC use and can safely be disabled - examples such as updaters, photo uploaders and printer monitors. Each of these uses part of the system's memory and resources and can lead to a reduction in performance when playing games or editing videos for example. This page introduces a searchable, comprehensive list of the programs you may find that run when you switch on your PC as typically identified by Windows Defender, MSConfig or the registry "Run" keys - and whether you need them.