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Published on 07.18.07 by Brent Trahan

Stop Programs from Starting When Windows Vista Boots Up With the MSCONFIG Command

This guide shows how to stop programs from starting when Windows Vista starts up.


Many programs are set to startup when Windows Vista boots up. Some programs like a calendar that reminds you of appointments or antivirus software are fine running in the background. Other programs that just run in the background waiting for you to use them don’t need to be running.

This guide shows you how to stop all unnecessary programs from starting when Windows Vista boots up and running in the background taking up valuable resources.

Stop Programs from Starting With MSCONFIG

  1. Run the MSCONFIG command by typing msconfig in the Start Menu’s search box and press enter on your keyboard.
  2. Click the Startup tab in the System Configuration window that pops up.


  3. Uncheck all the software you don’t want to startup when Windows boots up.
  4. Click OK to save your changes and then restart your computer.

Note: I like to disable pretty much everything but my antivirus, antispyware software, and a few other little things. The fewer applications running in the background the more available system resources you have available.

You might want to check out this guide after you use the msconfig command and restart your computer to stop an annoying pop-up from appearing.

Non technical users can use the Software Explorer in Windows Defender to stop programs from starting when Windows boots up.

Still need help? Ask your computer question now.

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5 Responses to “Stop Programs from Starting When Windows Vista Boots Up With the MSCONFIG Command”

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  1. Josh says:

    Thanks! This is a great guide and it was super easy to use.

  2. Faizel says:

    Thanks dude! Your guide work out better than Windows help, which said I should use Widows Defender. Only problem was Defender wouldn’t allow me the disable button!

  3. Barx says:

    Thanx mate, spot on and way too easy!!!!

  4. Brittany says:

    I have tried this and Windows Calendar still starts up when the vista 64-bit operating system starts up. I need to know ho to stop Windows Calendar from starting up when the operating system starts up on my laptop after putting my password in. I want to keep Windows Calendar on my laptop, even though I do not want it starting up every time my the vista operating system is starting up on my laptop. Any help with this is appreciated. Thanks

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