Turbo Charge Video 3 – Managing Windows Startup Programs

How to Tune Up and Turbo-Charge Your Computer Video Series

Part 3 – Managing Startup Programs


In this video you will learn how to control how many programs start up automatically when Windows starts up.  Of all the videos you’re getting in this series, this on is probably the most valuable in terms of speeding up your computer.

Between this video and the last one you watched, these can make a difference of minutes when it comes to starting up your computer.  They can also take your computer from feeling like it’s old and sluggish, to feeling like it’s brand-new, speedy, and lots of fun again!

Incidentally, although the video starts out by saying it’s for Windows 7, it’s exactly the same for Windows XP and Windows Vista.  The only difference is that you type “MSConfig” in the search bar for Windows XP and follow the instructions exactly for Vista or 7.  MSConfig will work for all versions, but “Config.sys” will only work for Vista and 7.  If you don’t understand this now, you will after you watch the video.  You’ll be able to do what the video talks about regardless of which version you have.

I hope so much that you are enjoying these videos and learning lots.    I would love if you would leave a comment below and tell me what you like best about the video.  Also, if you have suggestions for improvement, additions, or new products that would help improve these videos, I would love to hear about that too.

Managing Windows Startup Programs

Thanks for Watching!

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Kim Wende September 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

Hi Robert,
Thanks for the video this is a great reminder and is something I need to do as my computer is really slow at bootup. Also I have XP and found that I had to run MSConfig instead of config.sys.


Robert Seth September 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

Hello Kim, Thanks for this comment! I will add this to the video page. Both commands do the same things in Windows 7 and Vista, but MSConfig is the command for Windows XP.


Kim Wende September 14, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Question for you when I booted up this morning after making changes the System Configuration Utility came up. I need to click on one of the following which should I choose or should I just choose cancel? If I choose cancel will it put the original settings back?

Normal Startup – load all device drivers and services
Diagnostic Startup – load basic devices and services only
Selective Startup


Robert Seth September 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Hi Kim, It’s normal for the system configuration to come up after changes are made. Just click cancel. The changes you made will remain in effect and will not revert to the way they were before.


Kim Wende September 15, 2012 at 8:52 am

Thanks for your reply. I appreciate all of your videos.

Jessica September 8, 2012 at 5:46 am

Thank you! Another great tutorial 😀


Robert Seth September 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Glad you enjoyed it Jessica!


Heather Rane September 6, 2012 at 9:35 am

Super Robert, this was very easy to follow and I was able to share this with my sons.
Thank you,


Robert Seth September 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

Thanks for the feedback Heather! Glad you’re enjoying the course!


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