I've got some clutter in my taskbar that loads automatically at startup, & my boot/startup in general seems to be slower than normal in the last few days. (I've run virus scans & Microsoft's Spyware tool without incident.)
Anyway, when using msconfig, some programs aren't apparent, & the names are too cryptic to help much. I'm wondering if there is a recommended, XP-friendly utility that helps the non-techie like myself manage the startup choices selectively without risking much harm? (I've been reluctant to use just any freeware for something like this.) Thanks for your advice.
Thanks VoG™ & GuZ><0r for your recommendation! I downloaded the Startup Inspector this morning, & it took a full minute off my startup. Very nice program--makes me wish Microsoft could have done that with XP's msconfig (or try to do it with Avalon for ease of use.
As it turns out, the prime resource hogs was Windows Messenger, which was configured to start with Windows. Just getting doing that got rid of the crawling white bar on the black screen before the XP log screen during startup, & the other programs in the tray started quicker also.
If you have microsoft antispyware, it will give you a list of both running and startup progams and will let you block them on a temp or permenant basis. I have cut down startup time quite abit this way.