How can I find out what is auto loading in my Windows 98 system?

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How can I find out what is auto loading in my Windows 98 system?

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This question was answered on November 3, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Many programs that you install will automatically add things to your systems startup without bothering to ask you if you want it done With every new item that is added to your system's startup, your boot-up time increases This is why your system seems to be slower than when you first bought it The icons that magically appear in your "System tray" (bottom right just to the left of your clock) are representative of a program that is auto loading.

Users of Windows 98 can easily find out what is being loaded during the startup and disable any item without removing the actual program.

Click on Start/Run and type "msconfig" to launch a hidden utility known as the "System Configuration Utility" Click on the "Startup" tab to show you the list of items that are currently loading at startup By removing the check mark in front of an item, you can keep it from auto loading the next time your computer starts.

WARNING: IF YOU ARE NOT COMPLETELY SURE WHAT AN ITEM IS OR DOES, DO NOT REMOVE THE CHECKMARK!

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on November 3, 2000