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I am having the exact problems with my Win7, along with a friend using Vista. I would hope there will be a program one could download and run that would show you what is starting up and what could be turned off from a boot up.
I fully trust Jim and Chris to furnish us an answer.
PS: I am a novice, so I'm hoping for a very user friendly program to help both myself and Virginia Purdy out.
Thanks Jim & Chris.
Yes, msconfig is the built in way to examine your Startup options.
A free, third party software that we recommend is CCleaner. There's a video on it in our Safe Computing series: /safe-computing-learning-series/ You gotta be careful here though … there's a lot of things you probably won't recognize – and it can cause unexpected problems to remove something you don't know. Anything you do recognize, and know you can do without, by all means stop it from loading. If you think you can remove something, but you're not sure … just google it first to learn what it does.