What are non-essential startup items in Windows 7?

Ken F July 25, 2013

Can you summarize the non-essential items that can be disabled in startup in order to speed up booting?

  1. Tsf O
    August 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Check the guide on Vista on tweakguides.com

    Here there are all drivers listed with a guide on what services a common user should disable. Vista and Windows 7 drivers are the same (98%) so you cannot go wrong using that guide.

    Other than the services the guide suggest to disable there are some others as superfetch and readyboost that can give you quite a boost depending on what you use the PC for.

    Usually the most HDDs intensive tasks reside in the indexing, online problems' resolution, defender real-time, superfetch, readboost and so on. Again check the guide on how to correctly configure them to speed the system up.

  2. Dalsan M
    July 25, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    This should give you better information, but again, a list is nearly impossible to find since there are tens of thousands of programs that can have startup items and not everybody agrees on which items to disable. http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php. Soluto should be able to give good suggestions. I used to have a program that would give suggestions on if a startup item was good, neutral, or bad. I think it was WinPatrol (which many have said is less resource hungry than Soluto), but another simple software can be used as well, Anvi Startup Booster: http://dottech.org/106517/windows-review-anvi-startup-booster/

    • Ken F
      July 25, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      Thanks for the help. Trial and error sounds like the way to go.

    • Paul P
      July 27, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Yes. Also try HijackThis:


      Then use the automatic log file analyzer web service:

      The system works pretty well.

    • Paul P
      July 27, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Of course you can also look what's starting in your PC with the built in WIndows application MSCONFIG, which will start if you just type those letters in the Start Button Search Bar, however HijackThis gives a much bigger list of things starting.

      There is also an expert utility "AutoRuns":


    • Dalsan M
      July 30, 2013 at 2:38 am

      These suggestions will help you, but do take care when disabling startup items and services. When in doubt, leave it be. Google searching the names of items you do not know can help, but again, be careful.

  3. Hovsep A
    July 25, 2013 at 10:28 am
    • Nicolas D
      July 27, 2013 at 8:23 am

      Although Soluto is not able to remove everything from boot, I just love the application. It recommends you of the different applications (and not really services as far as I know) you can remove from boot time. Although it adds a little time to the boot again for the application itself.

      I can really recommend, especially if it takes a lot of time before your computer boots.


  4. Jan F
    July 25, 2013 at 10:03 am

    I would recommend using "Black Viper's" list of services.

    Also you should stick with the 'safe' settings unless you are 101% sure you won't need the service.

    • Dalsan M
      July 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Black Viper's list is great for disabling Windows background services. Unfortunately, it does not list anything about installed software startup items. Google searching the names of the items in startup should give better information to allow one to make the decision to disable it or not.

    • Jan F
      July 25, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Yes, well... basically you have all the services covered with blackvipers list and you got all autostart items covered using Soluto as suggested by Hovsep.

      Also autostart items are run after the explorer initialization so technically you should be able to deactive all of them.

    • Ken F
      July 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm

      Thanks much for the reply. I'll give it a shot,

    • Paul P
      July 27, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      I did one of his lists to my uncle's machine and it messed it up. Be careful.

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