06 July 2013

Boost Speed Windows Startup With MSConfig

Have you ever experienced a tedious start or boot up on your PC? On your Netbook? On your Laptop? Sometimes, it get into your nerves. You are bursting out with impatience and eventually frustrated to what may deem comes the result.

If you are really experiencing such slow starting up, this article could help you at least. Learn on how to optimize system by using MSCONFIG special tool.

Why is it Windows PC as time goes became slower?

One of the most common reasons is too many software installed in the system. And these applications mostly set to run at the system up in which PC will eventually becomes slow.

With the help of the system tool that Windows has, this could improve and boost speed start up and it will also increase performance later on while you are working on your PC. Why? Because those applications' services are not running onto your system.

If you are not familiar with MSConfig, then you might try to use it to improve speed and performance in your system. By removing unnecessary programs at startup it will help boost performance. Oh yes, I really used it in my office's workstation and I would guarantee that it will improve.

  • Utility - a small tool used to help analyze, configure, troubleshoot optimize and maintain a system.
  • Drivers - a program that act as bridge for communicating and operating certain device attached to a computer. Example: If you have Video card attached in your system, you need its driver to add more quality and optimal performance.

What is MSConfig?

MSConfig (Microsoft System Configuration utility) or it is officially called System Configuration that works on Windows Operating System such as Windows 95, 98, 2000, Vista, 7, 8 and Windows servers.

MSConfig is a special tool used to troubleshoot start up process, change boot parameters, disable and enable services and software, and it loads tools for troubleshooting.

4 Tabs Settings in System Configuration - MSConfig

1. General
General tab - system configuration

Here, you will see startup selection
  • Normal startup
Load all device drivers and services. If you choose this option, expect slower performance and system start up. While some applications may not run successful if it is not load, you should know what are the software to enable its services.

  • Diagnostic startup
Load basic devices and services only. This is very useful when troubleshooting your system's performance and application's errors with its services and drivers.

  • Selective Startup
This is quite customize option where you could check just system services or startup programs will be enabled. This is useful when you need only a service or program startup.

2. Boot
Boot System Configuration

If you installed more than two Operating System, you could set here what OS you want to boot first. This is however for Advanced User. I guess it is not later with some topics I will be sharing with it. For now, let's focus on optimizing speed with start up.

3. Services

Services System Configuration
Services are very important in Windows system. It runs in the background process and affects system performance. While most of the programs, rely on its services, if you happen to stop it, you might noticed something unusual. :)

Here, you will see:
  • Service name
  • Service Manufacturer
  • Status
  • Date Disabled
Ideally, you should check for the option: hide all Microsoft services. This is a built-in services and do not need to stop its service unless otherwise it MUST be stopped.

If you already check the hide option and you are not familiar with the manufacturer, you could check and disable it instead.

4. Startup

Startup system configuration
Startup programs are listed here, you will item, manufacturer, command, location and date disabled.
Now, we will be focusing in this tab, just i have said awhile ago, you should know what are the apps need to enable in startup. For common users, they don't need extra time to explore about this.

I will be sharing and guiding you at this purpose to boost speed and performance.

Have you seen screenshot above? Actually, you could uncheck all programs except Anti-VIRUS or any program that really need to startup in the system.

5. Tools

Tools - system configuration
Tools are in the list and you could choose any of it to troubleshoot your system. This tab finds more useful utilities.
  • About Windows – Display Windows version information
  • Change UAC Settings – Change User Account Control settings
  • Action Center – Open the Action Center
  • Windows Troubleshooting – Troubleshoot problems with your computer
  • Computer Management – View and configure system settings and components
  • System Information – View advanced information about hardware and software settings
  • Event Viewer – View monitoring and troubleshooting messages
  • Programs – Launch, add or remove programs and Windows components
  • System Properties – View basic information about your computer system settings
  • Internet Options – View Internet Properties
  • Internet Protocol Configuration – View and configure network address settings
  • Performance Monitor – Monitor the performance of local or remote computers
  • Resource Monitor – Monitor the performance and resource usage of the local computer.
  • Task Manager – View details about programs and processes running on your computer
  • Command Prompt – Open a command prompt window
  • Registry Editor – Make changes to the Windows registry
  • Remote Assistance – Receive help from (or offer help to) a friend over the Internet
  • System Restore – Restore your computer system to an earlier state

How to Configure MSConfig?

1. Click on the Windows Logo or press Windows keys + r to open run window
2. Type in the textbox: msconfig
3. It will open system configuration window, (you see it in the previous image screenshots)
4. Select Startup tab
5. Choose applications to disable startup, then click ok.
6. Restart computer or restart later.
7. Notice the great change! It should boot faster! :)


If you really need to optimize your system, you should know what will be the software to install in your system.

Those programs run at startup tends to be slower than disabling some programs that are not needed, these programs once boot up in the system, it runs on the background. And it consumes more power and memory thus gradually making your PC slower. However, if you able to disable software, you will notice some changes, I'm pretty sure, it is faster and improve better performance.

Disabled program at startup creates great speed and improve performance on PC.


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