There are items showing up on msconfig’s start-up list that I want to
disable. But, when I do so, and re-boot, I get the “System Configuration
Utility” error windows that seem to want me to go back to starting what Windows
wants me to start, not what I want to start.
How do I disable entries on msconfig and make Windows happy with my
Actually, Windows is quite happy.
The problem is simply that, like so many of us, it’s having a hard time
expressing itself clearly.
I’ll try to interpret.
The scenario that you’re in looks like this: you’ve run the msconfig utility and made a change to one or more of the items in the “Start Up” tab. Perhaps you’ve unchecked a few items that were running at start up that weren’t necessary.
When you press OK, msconfig then asks if you want to reboot, which you do.
After the machine reboots and you login, you’re presented with this message:
That fairly daunting message is not an error.
Instead, it’s msconfig trying to be helpful.
What it’s saying is simply this (I’m not trying to be condescending in my choice of words here – it’s a complex message, and I do want to present the concepts simply):
I (msconfig) see you used me to make changes prior to the last reboot.
Because of that I now automatically run when you log in.
I do that just in case the changes you made caused some kind of a problem.
You can undo those changes by selecting “Normal Startup Mode” after you press the OK button below.
If everything looks OK check this box and I won’t bother you again.
The magic of course is that last item. All you need to do is check the box that says “Don’t show this message or launch the System Configuration Utility when Windows starts”, and click OK.
It won’t bother you again. At least, not until the next time you make a change.
If you don’t check that box, this message will reappear after every reboot until you do.
What I personally find most fascinating is that this message no longer seems to appear in Windows 7. (Not sure about Vista, I didn’t test it.) Apparently the confusion you’re feeling was common enough to cause them to rethink the whole idea.