How to Change Startup Programs in Windows 7?

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If you’ve ever wondered How to change startup programs windows 7? You’re exactly where you should be. Windows 7 brought to us a very intuitive and user-friendly interface, so no doubt even having a lot of startup programs didn’t exactly affect us as bad as it did on Windows XP.

But still, there are sufficient reasons for you to wonder how to change startup programs in Windows 7. Let’s start with the basics.

What are Startup Programs in Windows 7?

Before explaining how to change startup program in Windows 7, it’s important for us to understand what Startup programs are in the first place, isn’t it?

Well, Startup programs are the programs that automatically startup when you turn your Windows system on. This feature was basically created so that the essential programs like your Antivirus and Firewalls get auto-started when you turn your system on.

Now of course we need to auto-start those programs for the simple fact that you shouldn’t leave your system unprotected for even a second, or so that you don’t have to manually connect to the internet every time your system starts up.

But what happens is, most of the tools you install on your system also leverage this feature and try to get started when you turn your PC on.

You should remove the unnecessary program from your pc as they occupy extra space of hard drive also kept the RAM busy. Here is how to remove the program in Windows 7.

Why to Change Startup Programs in Windows 7?

So now you know what startup programs are, but why would you want to change startup programs windows 7? It’s 8th-grade computer science knowledge that the more programs you have, the more system resources they would consume.

So if you have more programs on auto-start than your system can efficiently handle, you are going to have more than just one problems.

  • System boot time would increase, as there will be more number of programs in the startup queue.
  • The overall system performance would start lagging, obviously because you’ve limited RAM, processors and other resources, while if the number of processes keeps increasing, it would definitely take it’s toll on your hardware.

Even if your system can efficiently handle a large number of programs, even then it’s a good thing to disable auto-startup of unnecessary programs, for the simple reason that not all the programs are “system friendly”. There are some programs which if loaded repeatdedly might cause your system to crash either temporarily or even permanently.

Another point being, programs like “Keyloggers” (a kind of Trojan virus, which records your activity, passwords, screenshots and other data) need to be started every time the system starts up. So if you have any program of that kind, it will prevent you from being hijacked even if you don’t know which program is the virus.

Simply because, you’ll keep only those programs you know and trust on the auto-startup list, so that way every other program will get out of your way.

How to Change Startup Programs Windows 7?

So finally down to the section you’ve been waiting for. Now we will take a look at how to change as well as How to add programs in window startup (just in case you want to manually add something to the auto-startup list.)

We will be using MsConfig to alter our startup list. MsConfig is one of those rare tools which lets us make decisive changes to our Windows system without a lot of complications. It basically means Microsoft Configuration, as you can almost feel by the sound of the name, it’s not something you should play around.

It’s capable of doing a lot more than just letting you change your system startup apps. So make sure you’re following this guide strictly, or else you might end up doing something you don’t want to be doing, and that might hurt your system pretty bad.

Hit Start, in the search box type “MsConfig” and click on the Msconfig program.


Once you click on the Ms-config button, a popup would come up. You need to go to the “Startup” tab.


Now you’ll get a list of all the programs which auto-start on your system startup. You can just un-check the programs you don’t want to auto-start and click on “Apply”. It will prompt you to restart the system. You can click on “restart now” if you want the changes to take effect immediately, or you can choose to restart later.


Just to make sure you aren’t disabling anything important, make sure you aren’t disabling any:-

  • Host Processes.
  • System Processes (although double-check for the program name, as viruses are categorized under “system processes” sometimes too.)

Also look for the “manufacturer”. In most cases, the manufacturer would be Intel or Adobe or such companies whom you can trust. But if the manufacturer is “unknown” and the program description looks shady, I’d advice you to Google that exact program name out.

If you’re lucky, you should get a hit on the process regardless of it being or not being a virus. And then you can decide if you want that specific system process on your system or not.

How to Add Programs in Window Startup?

The easiest way to add programs to Windows startup is via the programs themselves. I can’t exactly lay out the steps here because every program has a different interface ofcourse.

But well most of them have “Start program on system startup” kind of option in their settings which you can use to make the programs start up on system startup.

Final Words:-

So that was all I had on How to change startup programs windows 7 folks. Hope this piece solved your problems related to the topic. Also take a look at speeding up the Windows 7 PC that will help you in increasing the performance of your Windows 7 PC/laptop.

It’s all pretty simple and straight-forward actually unless you click on something you shouldn’t. Also, if you’ve got other ways to do this, feel free to let me know.

Anyway do let me know your experience on this piece and also leave a comment if you’ve got a problem or a question, I’ll try my best to resolve the query for you.

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Aishwar Babber is a passionate blogger and a digital marketer. He loves to talk and blog about the latest tech and gadgets, which motivates him to run GizmoBase. He is currently practicing his digital marketing, SEO, and SMO expertise as a full-time marketer on various projects. He is an active investor in NewSmartWave and ImageStation.

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