System Startup Tools

License: Freeware – Source available Last Reviewed: 2013-04-11
Version: 3.0 – Released: 2013-04-10 Windows: 9x, Me, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 116 KB
“Application Paths 2000 is a small Control Panel extension that will allow you to edit various startup settings defined in the MS Windows System Registry. AppPaths includes facilities to modify the startup (Run) settings found in the MS Windows System Registry as well as MS Windows System Services, AppPaths and Help settings.”
Anchor Link AutoRuns Stanley’s Pick
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-28
Version: 11.5 – Released: 2013-03-27 Windows: 2003, XP and higher
File Size: 536 KB Portable
“This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.
“Autoruns’ Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc.”
Anchor Link EF StartUp Manager
License: Shareware Last Reviewed: 2012-11-17
Version: 5.20 – Released: 2012-11-16 Windows: All
File Size: 1.01 MB Both 32- and 64-bit versions
Portable version available on-site
“The EF StartUp Manager allows you a simple handling and complete control of applications which starts with Windows. They can insert, temporarly disable or delete with ease new programs. More, the controlled starting mode makes it possible to start the programs in a defined order and optionaly specify a delay between them. The Windows Explorer like interface offers an optimal overview on the entries.
“The updates are free, just install the newest trial version over your full version.”
Anchor Link StartEd Lite
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2011-05-14
Version: 5.50 – Released: 2011-05-14 Windows: XP, Vista, 7
File Size: 1.6 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“StartEd Lite lets you modify your Startup configuration and detects more than 150 Trojan Horses. StartEd Lite displays detailed info about Startup Programs and describes the functionality of every System Service so that even novice users are able to manage their startup configuration. A warning message will be displayed when a System Service vital for your computer’s stability is about to get disabled.
What can you do with StartEd Lite?
• View, Edit, Delete, Disable and Add entries to your program startup configuration
• Detect obsolete startup items and unneeded memory hogs
• Manage System Services with detailed notes and description
• See new startup items and services since last StartEd use
• Show detailed information about every startup entry
• Launch files
• Uninstall Programs
• Create shortcuts on desktop (useful for temporary disabled items)
• Print out and copy startup list to clipboard
• StartEd recognizes more than 150 Trojan Horses in the Startup configuration and displays a warning message”
Anchor Link Startup Delayer
License: Freeware Last Reviewed: 2013-03-11
Version: 3.0.331 – Released: 2013-03-07 Windows: XP, Vista, 7, 8
File Size: 6.00 MB Both 32- and 64-bit compatible
“Startup Delayer gives you the power to optimize your Startup Process by delaying applications from starting up as soon as you log into your computer. By delaying the applications during start up, your computer becomes usable a lot faster. Startup Delayer will then start launching your delayed applications when your computer is more idle.”
Anchor Link Startup Monitor
License: Freeware – Donations appreciated Last Reviewed: 2011-05-14
Version: 1.02 – Released: 2000-05-20 Windows: 98, NT 4.0, 2000, XP
File Size: 60 KB
“Startup Monitor is a small utility that runs transparently and notifies you when any program registers itself to run at system startup. It prevents those utterly useless tray applications from registering themselves behind your back, and it acts as a security tool against trojans like BackOrifice or Netbus. StartupMonitor does not require Startup Control Panel, but it complements it nicely. When you choose not to allow a program to register itself, the program’s entry becomes disabled in Startup Control Panel, so you can go back and enable it later if necessary. StartupMonitor watches the Start Menu’s Startup folders and the Run entries in the registry.”