What is netdde andhow do I shorten a long list in Msconfig


MSCONFIG - two issues

1. What is 'netdde' and do I need it?

2. How do I remove the items listed in the very long list when I run msconfig? I know how to uncheck items, but can I shorten the list? In other words, how do selections appear on the list in the first place?

The items I have running now in startup mode are:

Explorer, Systray, ZoneAlarm, Cookie Wall, nobo plus netdde.

Zone Alarm, NOBO, and Cookie Wall are in my startup folder.

These are the basic items with nothing else running.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

David Towers

Phone: 602/524-2797 (cell)


This question was answered on August 17, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Netdde or netdde.exe is an application that is the Network DDE server for Microsoft Windows The software allows applications that use the DDE transport to transparently exchange data over a network DDE means "Dynamic Data Exchange" DDE is a communications protocol designed by Microsoft to enable all applications running in the Windows environment to send and receive data and to exchange instructions It institutes a client/server relationship between two communicating applications The server application supplies the data and agrees to respond to requests for data from any interested application

You never really know when you may need this process so dissabling it would probably not be a good idea

The only reason those entries appear in the list in the first place is because they are part of other programs residing on your computer The operation system takes note of this and in the future you may need some of the extra added functionality of those components and so I do not believe there is a way to "shorten" the list.

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Posted by Devin of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on August 17, 2004