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Configuring Start-Up Options for Windows Server 2003

Some programs don’t always provide end-users easily accessible means to prevent them from automatically starting when Windows boots up. Thankfully, you can set which programs start when Windows boots up by using the built-in ‘System Configuration Utility’.

Warning: Please exercise caution when disabling certain programs, as some are required for Windows to function correctly.

Step 1

First, navigate to Start -> Run.


Step 2

When the Run dialog box is open, type in ‘msconfig’ without the quotations, and click OK.


Step 3

Once the System Configuration Utility is open, click on the Startup tab.


Step 4

You should now see a list of all programs which are set to run when Windows boots up. For the purposes of this article, let’s disable the Supero Doctor III Client from loading the next time you boot up.


Step 5

Uncheck the box next to the program you wish to prevent from starting upon boot up, and click Apply.


Step 6

You will notice that the OK button now says Close. Click on it once you have configured your boot up settings to your liking.


Step 7

Windows will need to be rebooted for the changes to take effect. You should now receive an option to restart immediately after making the changes or at a later time. For now, let’s choose Exit Without Restart.


You have now configured your start-up options for installed programs.

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