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Using Built-in Utilities in Windows to Correct Problems (using msconfig)
Many problems occur in Windows because of conflicts in running programs. Do you know what programs are running? Run this test. Restart your computer. Do a Ctrl-Alt-Del. The window should look like this:
also to this page for using Safe Mode to solve some problems.
How Windows starts programs:
There are various ways Windows starts programs. The easiest to see and change is in the start menu. Click Start, Programs, Startup and see if any programs are listed. If you do not need these programs running, delete them from the list.
2 other places that start windows programs are harder to find and edit. One is the old Windows programs found by running Sysedit from Start, Run. The files that can start programs are autoexec.bat, config.sys, Win.ini and System.ini. If you are not an experienced user, it is best to leave this alone since changes here can cause other problems.
The second place to also stay out of without advanced knowledge is the Windows Registry. It is accessed by Start, Run, Sysedit. There are places here that define startup programs.
Windows comes with a utility called System Configuration Utility. It looks like this:
The system Configuration Utility and the System Information dialog boxes have a number of other tools not discussed here. To investigate the additional features, use Help in each window to find out what tools are available.
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