You don’t want to play around with changing the start sequence. It’s more complex than most people realize. Sometimes, it’s even error prone.
Let’s talk about why.
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Why is the start-up sequence so complex?
In a recent article, I talked about how incredibly complex startup is.
If you want to try to make changes to the startup order you have to make all sorts of assumptions about how things work and how they may change over time.
Do it wrong, and you can actually actually make your machine unbootable.
To see this on your own machine, grab a copy of the utility called Autoruns. It’s a free download from the Microsoft website. It gives you the most complete listing of everything that runs or tries to run when you start your machine.
Run that, look at what it shows you, and you’ll have an appreciation of just how complicated startup really is.
As you can see, fiddling with some of those things can really cause some problems.
Finding MSConfig in Windows 8
MSConfig is still around.
From the tiled Start screen, just start typing “mscon”. When you start typing “mscon”, the search will kick in. Most people don’t realize it, but if you start typing on the tiled Start screen, Windows will search installed programs and shortcuts and list the things that match.
As you type “mscon” eventually, you will see an icon called “System Configuration.”
Click that, it’s MSConfig.
The other approach is to use the Windows key plus R. That brings up the Run box. In the Run box, you can type “msconfig.” Click OK or press Enter on your keyboard and it will also bring up the program.
Anti-malware tools first?
I understand why you want to make the anti-malware tools run as soon as possible. I actually don’t know how large a window of vulnerability there is or even if there is one at all.
I have to believe that the people who designed this understand that you do want your anti-malware software running as soon as possible. There may be technical limitations why they can’t – for example the anti-malware tool itself my depend on other things having been started before it can run. If there are these types of limitations or assumptions those are the things that no one should be changing.
Ultimately, changing the start-up order isn’t worth the time or the risk.