How can I delay launch of programs like the Firewall or the Print Spooler at startup or until I need them?

Terry Blanding June 19, 2011

I was looking at the great delay start program 3 Small Windows Tools to Delay Any Programs at Startup Read More s and wondered: is it possible to link programs to start with other apps, i.e. delay Firewalls until you go online or delay Print Spooler until you print etc.

It would slow down these programs, but a least it won’t interfere with ALL your tasks. I know other people with other specialties could generate a list.

  1. sushil kumar
    July 1, 2011 at 4:41 am


    June 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Hello, to simplify things, why don't you use soluto?

    • Jeffery Fabish
      June 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm

      For such a simple task, you really don't need to install any third party tools. Microsoft implements the tools to do this for you.

  3. Terryblanding
    June 20, 2011 at 8:01 am

     Thank you being so quick and clear with an answer to both of you.  MSconfig is SOP for me and can vouch that it MUST be researched before implementation.  I'd add that you want to confirm any answers found on the Internet;  some sites have vested interests in those configurations.
       Mike, I didn't know about the Dependencies in Windows Properties.  Thank you for another piece in the PC jungle map.  Hoped that asking this question might stimulate some new thought.

    • Anonymous
      June 20, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Windows Service Dependency Viewer

      Right-click on Computer icon on desktop and select Manage, it'll open a new window. Now go to Services & Applications -> Services. 

      Determining dependencies Some of the services listed in the 'Services' window, will have other services dependent upon them, e.g. the 'IIS Admin service'. You may need to stop dependent services when you stop the top level service. To discover whether a given service has any dependenciesdouble-click the service in the dialog box, select the 'Dependencies' tab. A list of all dependent services is displayed.

  4. Anonymous
    June 20, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I think is possible with Startup Delayer since there is an option Wait:

    Not sure if it can be done with the free version and also in pro version is possible to create several profiles.

  5. Mike
    June 20, 2011 at 6:24 am

    You can also setup services to the start-up type "Manual" which will allow them to be started if an Application demands it e.g. the Print Spooler.
    However, in certain cases setting it to Manual or Delayed will disable functionality within Windows. Some Services also need to be set to Automatic to function properly (e.g. this was the case for Automatic Updates within Windows XP).

    In addition to what Jeffery said I also suggest to check the services Dependencies within the Property Window. If you delay a Service all others depending on it will be delayed too or not function properly.

  6. Jeffery Fabish
    June 20, 2011 at 6:06 am

    I actually don't recommend you delay your firewall because if a malicious application "beats your firewall to the punch" (i.e starts before the firewall) you risk it not being picked up by your firewall.

    However, to delay startup of other services go to START - > Run (or search) and type "services.msc" without quotes. Running this may cause an elevation prompt requesting administrative privileges to run. Find the service you would like to delay, right click on it and chose "properties". This will invoke another dialog box, you should see "Startup type: ", chose "Automatic (Delayed Start)" and select "Apply" then "OK". 

    A quick note, if you don't know what a service is, don't tamper with it. Research it first or ask here and I could help you find out what it is. Sometimes services have misleading names that imply they do one thing (or point to x application) but actually do something else. Never edit services via MSCONFIG (as many online resources suggest you should) as you can disable vital services that way.

    - You may also find services.msc at C:WindowsSystem32
    - Windows XP Service descriptions
    - Vista & Windows 7 Service descriptions

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