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  • Do Not Use MSconfig to Control Startup

    Many people frequently use MSconfig as a long term solution to control startup processes and services. You will also see many websites condoning use of MSconfig and teaching you how to use it for controlling startups. This is a very bad idea for many reasons.

    1. MSconfig was designed to be used only as a temporary debugging/troubleshooting tool. It was not meant to be used for long term solutions.
    2. MSconfig does not show all startups anyway.
    3. If you uninstall programs while they are being disabled with MSconfig, they will not be uninstall properly and you will have to resort to manual registry editing to properly get everything removed. MSconfig will leave orphan entries if/when installed software is uninstalled while under the control of MSconfig . When/if MSconfig is turned back to normal startup, it will give errors on boot due to those orphan entries.
    4. MSconfig and Services:
      1. If you uninstall programs while you have some of the programs services being controlled with MSconfig, the programs will not be uninstall properly and you will have to resort to manual registry editing to get everything properly removed.
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        msconfig, you completely disable it. If you uncheck the wrong one, you may not be able to restart your computer.

      3. It is safer to control services by using Control Panel, Administrative Tools, Services (this runs services.msc).
    5. You can lock malware items into your registry that you may not see anymore until some point in time where you switch back to Normal Startup mode and now you can cause total reinfection of your PC with the malware. You need to remove the malware not mask it.

    If you still don’t understand why not to use MSconfig, see what Microsoft writes here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310560The key point is stated as such:

    Quote:
    The System Configuration utility helps you find problems with your Windows XP configuration. It does not manage the programs that run when Windows starts.
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