Windows® 2000 Startup Programs
How to disable start-up programs in Windows® 2000?
Almost all the applications that are installed on Windows® 2000 using the default installation decide that they should start-up when the operating system starts. The icons for these programs can be seen on the System Tray, lined up next to the clock. These programs are referred to as start-up programs. In some cases, like that of an antivirus, the software programs remain in the memory until they are needed. They are also known as Terminate-and-Stay-Resident (TSR) programs. Media players, chat programs, and updaters are some examples of such programs.
Discussed below are details on managing these programs:
- How to temporarily disable start-up programs in Windows® 2000
- How to permanently disable these programs
- What are the benefits of disabling start-up programs
How to temporarily disable start-up programs in Windows® 2000
To remove start-up and TSR programs temporarily in Windows® 2000, you need to press and hold the ‘Ctrl’+ ‘Alt’+ ‘Del’ keys first. On doing so, you’ll invoke the ‘Task Manager’. In this window, you need to click on the ‘Applications’ tab and select the program that you wish to end. Then, you need to press the ‘End Task’ button. You might be further prompted to end the program immediately, for which you need to press the ‘End Now’ button. You should be careful about the tasks or programs you are ending, as certain system files shouldn’t be tampered with.
How to permanently disable these programs
Even after temporarily disabling them, the programs can load automatically once the system is rebooted. To remove them permanently, you need to click ‘Start’, choose ‘Programs’, and then ‘Startup’. Then, you need to right-click on it and simply delete the file that you don’t want to start automatically. In case you fail to locate the program that is loading automatically, you can try and locate it in the system registry by going to ‘Run’ and typing ‘Regedit’.
Since the start-up programs use a portion of the system memory and resources, once they start crowding the System Tray, they leave a small percentage of memory for other programs once opened. Once you allow these programs to take control, you can end up with a situation where (unless you have sufficient memory installed) every other program slows down the system and renders it unusable. Hence, disabling and managing start-up programs from time to time keeps your system and its memory in good shape.