What Windows Startup Programs Do I Need?

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How do I determine what Windows startup programs I absolutely need to load? Do I really need all of my protection programs like virus and spyware to load at start-up?

Ultimately, in practical terms, this is an unanswerable question. For many Windows startup programs the answer will be “I don’t know”.

But there are definitely steps you can take to at least understand much of what is happening at startup, and perhaps even make a few decisions based on that.

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How do I change the Start sequence?

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How do I change the sequence of loading items shown in MSConfig in Windows XP or Windows 7? And how do I do that in Windows 8? I couldn’t’ even find MSConfig. Perhaps many people would prefer to have their anti-malware software loaded first?

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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