My computer is slow because of all the programs my XPSP2 loads at startup. Going to Msconfig/System Configuration Utility/Startup, I find 58 programs listed there. Out of control! I've known this for some time so I tried to uncheck some of the boxes but the OS never let my choices stick. In the same place, and in "Services", I found all those 58, but with notations there as to their state of activity. But no unchecking I did there was accepted by XP either. Moreover, in the "All Programs" list, the "Startup" choice there doesn't list those 58 programs at all. It lists only four. Why doesn't it list them all?
So how do I control all the programs that load at startup? I scanned all the likely places in MSHelp, in a big XP book, and here at EE but I found no simple answers. I figure this is a simple question so it must have a simple answer, but most of the answers I found were very complex and involved going into the Registry. That can't be right. So how do I control this?
Now assuming I learn how to delete some of those programs from loading at startup, what is the disadvantage of deleting one? Can't it be loaded manually only when I need it? Is the time waiting for it to load the only thing I save? Obviously, it isn't worth it in my case.