I suppose I should know this but I don't,on startup I have 20 programmes listed on the left hand side of the screen next to Start and on the other side where the time is, are another 18 different programmes .This makes booting up a long winded business.The bar to the left I have understood to be the task bar ,is this correct also what is the name of the one on the right by the clock.How can I get rid of the programmes I don't need at startup but want to keep for occaisional use.
I forgot to give you a little more information. If you are using vista? go to start, click properties, notification area, tick top box, customise. You can then hide all the tabs, select hide until in use. This will clear the notification area.I only have volume, Internet connection, avg and incoming email showing. Hope this helps
The bar on the left, next to Start is the quick launch bar, these programs are not running. The "quick launch" bit of the name merely refers to the fact you only have to click things once to run them.
The programs on the right, next to the clock are indeed running.
If you go to Start / Run and type msconfig you will run the Windows Configuration Utility, click the startup tab and you will get a list of all the programs that run at start-up. Untick any you don't need, but be careful, some are necessary, so to be on the safe side, google the program names to see what they mean.
When you close this box down you will be asked to restart, do this. On bootup you will get a box saying Windows Configuration has changed or something, tick the Do Not Show Again box and click OK.
If you find that something you need has stopped loading, go back to msconfig and re-tick it's box.
Sorry all but I should have indicated I am running windows 2000 professional and as such don't have misconfig ,or rather when I type that into Run the file can't be found.One other point is that I used to be able to login here and stay logged in forever but each time I visit the site now I have to login.Is there something I can do about this.