Disable startup processes and services on Windows 7

Date: July 9th, 2010
Author: Mark Kolin

This tutorial will be about you how to disable startup processes and services on Windows 7.

When you turn on your computer, there are several processes which start along with Windows. Some of them are needed to make sure your computer is stable or are processes of your anti-virus software, etc. On the other hand there are a few processes which you don’t need and they are draining your system’s resources. Here we will show you how to disable those unwanted processes.

First let’s open the System Configuration dialog. To do that, type msconfig in the search box and open msconfig.exe. A new dialog will appear:


Disable startup processes and services on Windows 7

Select the Startup tab.

Disable startup processes and services on Windows 7

Here you have all the processes that start on Startup. Uncheck the unnecessary processes. Be sure not to uncheck any item needed for system stability.
Do the same in the Services tab:

Disable startup processes and services on Windows 7

Click OK to continue. Restart your system for the changes to take effect.
Note: Some of the services are necessary for system stability. Be careful not to uncheck one of those.
Note: Some of the startup items are necessary for system stability. Be careful not to uncheck one of those.

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2 Responses to “Disable startup processes and services on Windows 7”

  • BernardS says:

    Needs to also explain “How to determine which services and/or processes are not needed for computer stability.

  • Tony says:

    This depends on what you are running and which services you need.

    We can give suggestions, but they would not be relative to your needs.

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