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Free Startup Manager Software

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These free startup manager software lets you see, delay, disable or otherwise manipulate the programs that start with Windows.

Free Startup Managers

AutoRuns – This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP. Autoruns' Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc.

WhatInStartup – This utility displays the list of all applications that are loaded automatically when Windows starts up. For each application, the following information is displayed: Startup Type (Registry/Startup Folder), Command-Line String, Product Name, File Version, Company Name, Location in the Registry or file system, and more. It allows you to easily disable or delete unwanted programs that run in your Windows startup. You can use it on your currently running instance of Windows, as well as you can use it on external instance of Windows in another drive.

Startup Delayer – Startup Delayer gives you the power to optimize your Startup Process by delaying applications from starting up as soon as you log into your computer. By delaying the applications during start up, your computer becomes usable a lot faster. Startup Delayer will then start launching your delayed applications when your computer is more idle.

PC Tools Startup Explorer – Startup Explorer effectively simplifies the process and gives users complete control over their PCs’ Windows startup programs. With Startup Explorer, users can customize their PCs’ startup behavior to suit their needs.

Codestuff Starter – Starter is a startup manager, that allows you to view and manage all the programs that are starting automatically whenever Windows boots. It lists all the hidden registry entries, as well as the common Startup Folder items as well. You can choose to safely disable selected entries, edit them or delete them altogether (if you know what you re doing). Expert users can even add their own entries. Nice interface, easy to use, no documentation though (but hardly needed).

Startup Monitor – Startup Monitor is a small monitoring program, it keep a constant eye on your system’s startup entries. When ever a change is made, you will be notified and given a choice to either allow the change or not to change.

Startup Manager – Startup Manager is a program that provides you the possibility to manage the Windows startup procedure. It offers you the possibility to control which programs automatically start up and more.

WinPatrol – WinPatrol takes snapshot of your critical system resources and alerts you to any changes that may occur without your knowledge. WinPatrol was the pioneer in using a heuristic behavioral approach to detecting Zero-Day attacks and violations of your computing environment. WinPatrol continues to be the most powerful system monitor with a small memory footprint so you won’t even know it’s running.

Runscanner – RunScanner is a freeware windows system utility which scans your system for all configured running programs and autostart locations. You can use runscanner to detect autostart programs, spyware, adware, homepage hijackers, unverified drivers and other problems.

Startup Control Panel – Startup Control Panel is a nifty control panel applet that allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts. It's simple to use and, like all my programs, it's very small and won't burden your system. A valuable tool for system administrators!

StartUpLite – StartUpLite is a lightweight program that can disable or remove all known unnecessary startup entries from your computer and thus quicken the startup procedure of your system.

Silent Runners – The purpose of Silent Runners is to identify the programs that start up with Windows.

Autostart Explorer – is a powerful application that lists all autostarted files on your system. Unlike other similar utilities, which may list autostarted files from only certain locations such as the registry Run keys, Autostart Explorer has been designed to show every autostarted file on your system, no matter how obscure the location it is started from.

Autostart and Process Viewer – Autostart and Process Viewer gives you a control over applications which start with Windows, and shows which processes are running on your computer. But the most important thing is that this program helps you find out which processes and autostart entries are new. You can "accept" a process or a program starting with windows, and if a new ("unaccepted") item appears – the program tells you about it. Why? Simply because most trojans and viruses put themselves to the autostart, and\or, must run as a process, all of this without your knowledge (unless you have this program installed:).

Glarysoft Quick Startup – The StartUp manager tool lets you centrally manage all of these items using one single interface. Using the StartUp manager you can easily add, remove, edit, disable, and enable any and all of these "startup items" in order to keep your system’s boot-up process as fast and efficient as possible.

MSConfig Cleanup – MSConfig is a powerful tool that allows you to enable/disable the programs that start when Windows boots up. MSConfig would be a perfect startup manager, if it allowed you not only to disable items, but to delete them forever. Unfortunately it does not do that. This is where MSConfig Cleanup comes in! It scans the startup configurations and allows you to remove any item that has been previously disabled via MSConfig.

StartupEye – StartupEye is a small utility that runs transparently and notifies you when any program registers itself to run at system startup. It prevents annoying programs from registering themselves behind your back.

Startup Inspector – Scans all programs that are in the Windows Startup Folder, Registry and provide you with a background information of the program.

Argente – StartUp Manager Free – Argente – StartUp Manager is a small, simple and easy-to-use application that allows you to take control over the programs that run at windows startup.

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