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April 10, 2007

The MSConfig Guide! [Having a slow computer?]

Filed under: Daily stuff,Every Little Thing — Jasper Mah @ 12:42 am

Just bought your laptop from Acer/Fujitsu/different computer companies?

– Feel that it’s lagging?

– Notice a lot of programs starting up during login, and loading takes very long?

– *Rare Cases* – Viruses and trojans are loading during startups, wondering if there’s a method to disable them?



I am bringing you all to the solution of those cases mentioned above. It’s actually a utility already permanently “installed” in your computer. This utility, is also commonly known as MSConfig, in exact terms, Microsoft Configuration Utility.

So what is the purpose of using MSConfig?

– What is special about MSConfig is that it allows you to disable startup items(the items that normally load in your taskbar when you just login to your student/administrator account)

– end/start “services”, which are processes running in the background, so that your programs can run successfully without problems.

– Set your Booting-related information (unique configurations during startup) (this section would not be covered in the guide)


1. Running MSConfig; How to run it

– Basically, press your start button, and proceed to the “run..”option and press enter as shown in the screenshot below.

going to run


2. Running MSConfig from “Run…”

– Type in msconfig, and press enter as shown in the screenshot below.

going to config


3. At the MSConfig Utility; The First Page

– You will appear at the screen shown below, which is actually the general section where you can select different methods of startup that you find, will help your system in the most ideal manner. My advice is not to tamper with the general section yet, as it is slightly complicated for you all to choose a startup of your preferences without the knowledge.General section


4th : Reaching the 1st main focus; your “Services”

– Like what I have mentioned earlier, services are processes running in the background that can be enabled or disabled, but they also are important aspects within your normal everyday usage. Note: If you are a proeficient IT user, do take note that this is different from “services.msc” . What I am mentioning here are third-party programs and their running processes.

– So as shown in the screenshot below, you will come to this part of the screen, when you select the “Services” tab.Services

– At this point of time, you will notice alot of computer gibberish that you wouldn’t know which service is linked to which program.

– From experience, I would be recommending a few “services” you can actually untick their checkbox, meaning those that you could disable, especially for RP students.

– Tick the “Hide all Microsoft Services” first, to prevent from wrongly disabling the services running under Microsoft.

I would like you to look for these services and untick their checkboxes(Only if they are Present, If they are not, then don’t disable anything wrongly) :

– Ipod Service

– Adobe LM

– SQL Server (Express)

– SQL Server Browser

– SQL Server VSS Writer

– Bluetooth Services

– Messenger Sharing Folders USN Journal Reader Service

– Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service

Note : These are the services you can untick safely without much worries, for RP students. I’ve been fiddling around with the services already, so you don’t have to worry about any errors. Feel free to ask me any other services that you find suspicious or you feel that it “could” be disabled, in the comments section, and I’ll answer asap.

– After all that have been done, we shall proceed on to “Startup Items”.


5th : The 2nd Main Focus ; Your Startup Items

– Basically, when you login, it’s alway “super slow”, don’t you notice that? So what I am going to do next, is go to the Startup Section in your MSConfig Utility as shown in the screenshot below.


– at this point of time, don’t select “Enable All”, or “Disable All”, you may actually disable something wrongly.

– Look out for these startup items that you can untick as mentioned below, for RP students/staff such as :

– Picasa Media Detector

– Windows Messenger (This is for laptops of the older generations, where you have the very old Windows Messenger 4.5)

– Google Desktop Search

– SearchIndexer

– Windows Desktop Search (This is optional, whether you would like to keep the searchbar in your taskbar)

– Adobe Gamma

– Ares

– Azureus

– Limewire

– uTorrent

– Bitcomet

Note : These are all the programs that you can disable safely without worrying, your programs will still be able to run, just that you will have to run the program manually from your “Start” Button like usual.

If you find programs/viruses/trojans/suspicious items that you want to clarify with me, also feel free to update me in the comments section (:


6th : Restart your Computer to see the Effect!

– Once you are done, just press “Apply”, then “OK”.

– You should arrive at the screenshot shown below, and restart your laptop/desktop.

– See the difference now!



7th : Goodbye!

– You have successfully configured your laptop to load faster during startup, and you can now impart the skills to others, or share the blog link with others to let them learn how to configure for themselves.

Remember a life’s lesson :

If you give a man a fish for a day, he will ask you everyday to provide for him.

If you teach a man how to fish, he will fish for himself and thank you for being able to teach.

Remember to leave your comments if you felt that the guide had been useful, or you have any enquiries or suggestions.

I shall reply asap to the comments.

Yours Truly,


“Play with Originality, Play with StyleZ”



  1. Booting up took so long that I would switch the computer on and have a shower. On return I would still have to wait about ten to fifteen minutes. Following your instructions on MSConfig (not sure what I did)removed a couple of items and now the system boots up very quickly – much improved – many thanks

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