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How To Change Programs that Run at Startup

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You may have noticed that whenever you turn on your computer, there are certain programs that load automatically even if you have not clicked on anything yet. In Windows XP, you can choose programs that will automatically run at startup. This is very convenient, especially if you open the same programs every time you use the computer. Read on to learn how to change programs that run at startup.

  • Access your computer’s Start Menu. To access the Start menu, right click on the ‘Start’ button and click on ‘Explore’. The Start Menu will appear where you will see a list of all the drives, folders, programs and documents on your computer.
  • Verify if you want to keep the programs that are currently on your Startup group. On the left pane of the Start Menu, click on the ‘Start Menu’ folder, click on the ‘Programs’ subfolder and then click on the ‘Startup’ subfolder. You will see a list of programs on the right pane of the Start Menu. These are the programs that currently start up automatically when you turn on your computer. Click on the program and hit ‘Delete’ on your keyboard if you will not need them on startup. To make the process faster if you are deleting multiple programs, hit Ctrl on your keyboard and click on each program then press Delete.
  • Choose the programs you want to be included in your Startup group. On the left pane, click on the ‘Programs’ subfolder again and search for the programs you want to be included in your Startup group. Click on the program, right click and choose ‘Copy’ from the dropdown. Go back to the ‘Startup’ subfolder then click Paste. Again, to make the process faster if you will be adding multiple programs, hit Ctrl on your keyboard while simultaneously clicking on the programs you want then hit Ctrl+C to copy them. Go back to the ‘Startup’ subfolder and click Paste.
  • Verify if the programs included in your new Startup group will load automatically. Now to check if you have successfully changed the programs that run at startup, shut down your computer then turn it back on. All the programs that you have chosen in Step 3 should automatically startup.
  • Choosing the programs that run at startup will make things easier for you and will save you more time. You will be spared from the hassle of waiting for unwanted programs to load that you will eventually close anyway. You will also save more time because instead of opening each program that you often use, Windows XP will automatically open them up for you.

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