During the startup process of a computer, that runs on Windows XP the system boots as a default, boots a variety of programs, processes and drivers. Most of these programs and processes are vital for the stability of the computer and directly influence the computer performance. However, a number of other programs are also loaded alongside the vital startup programs that need not be loaded during the startup of a system. The loading of these unwanted programs causes the startup procedure of Windows XP to slow down and in some worse cases; they may cause system instability.
Therefore, it is paramount that, you get to select which of the programs are needed to be loaded during the startup of a Windows XP computer. In that way, you can choose to leave out the launching of programs or processes that are not vital for the working of a computer during startup of a computer.
So, here are some instructions from the Windows tech support team to guide you through the process of changing the Windows XP startup options.
Instructions to change Windows XP startup options
- Click on the “Start” button, which is located at the lower left corner of your screen.
- Select the “Run” option from the Start Menu and type in “msconfig” into the dialog box to open the System Configuration utility.
- Select the “Ok” potion to launch the System Configuration utility.
- Choose any startup option in the General tab. The Diagnostic Startup option will only load basic drivers and services, while the Selective Startup option lets you to limit the startup programs or process that will even load during the Diagnostic Startup mode.
- Click on the “Startup” icon to display the list of startup programs. Uncheck the programs that will not affect the working of your system.
- Finally, select the “Close” option once you have finished un-checking the required programs.
- You will now be prompted by the System Configuration to restart your system so that the changes can take effect immediately. You can choose to restart later if you wish to do so.
Follow these guidelines recommended by the ever reliable Windows tech support team to selectively disable some of the startup programs.