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Which programs can I disable to make my startup faster?

  1. #1

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8.1

    Which programs can I disable to make my startup faster?

    I just got a new Lenovo laptop and I'm trying to have everything run smooth but my startup is still pretty slow. These are the programs I have running at startup and I was wondering which ones I could disable without affecting my laptop's performance:

    Adobe Collaboration Synchronizer
    Abode Reader and Acrobat Manager
    Adobe Updater Startup Utility
    Apple Photostreams Uploader Executable
    Apple Push
    Conexant High Definition Audio Filter Agent
    CyberLink YouCam Tray
    Dolby Profile Selector
    HP Digital Imaging Monitor
    hpwuSchnd Application
    iTunes Helper
    Java Update Scheduler
    Lenovo Battery Management Software
    MUI StartMenu Application
    Power Manager Startup Utility
    PowerDVD 14
    Quiktime Task
    SmartAudio CPL
    Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements
    VM331 StiMnt
    YouCam Mirage


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  2. #2

    Posts : 1,720
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Hi cas4077, Welcome to Windows EightForums!

    At a glance, I would guess almost all of them;
    however, it all depends on which programs you need to be poised for readiness when you sit down to your machine as opposed to bearing the fresh loading of an application when called upon.
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  3. #3

    I would keep only

    Lenovo Battery Management Software
    Power Manager Startup Utility
    Synaptics TouchPad Enhancements
    If you disable anything you feel you need , you can always enable it again.
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  4. #4

    Posts : 75
    Win 8.1 Pro x64

    You don't need iTunes Helper, unless you need iTunes to start loading when you connect your phone.
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  5. #5

    Posts : 205
    Windows 8.1 64bit

    When I had XP, I deleted Quiktime Task. I NEVER wanted it to run. And, I never experienced any problems.
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  6. #6

    Posts : 15
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bits.


    You should be very sure about which services and processes you are disabling, however you could disable most things you installed yourself safely without any consequences.

    A good way to determine which processes are taking up alot of boot performance is XPerf. However that is quite complicated, check out this guide: Increasing Boot Performance
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  7. #7

    Posts : 86
    Windows 8 Home Premium

    I would disable everything except for an Antivirus. If I need to run a program, I start it up manually. I don't like programs sitting doing nothing wasting memory. Unless there is a program you use every time, I would disable them all for the best performance.
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  8. #8

    Posts : 376
    W8.1, W7

    Looking at that list, personally I'd untick everything using 'Startup' in CCleaner - PC Optimization and Cleaning - Free Download, and later simply re-enable whatever I'd feel was needed, was missing or could be useful :O)
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  9. #9

    Posts : 151
    Win8 Pro

    If you really want to see everything that is starting up when your computer boots, many people swear by this long-trusted, free, app that doesn't even need to be installed - just download it and run it - it's hosted by Microsoft and was originally developed by a MS tech - Autoruns for Windows

    For questions on what to disable, you can reference these two sites : Should I Remove It? (you don't need to download the app, just use the database to search the programs you have questions about)

    And for services, which many of them are useless and resource hogging in a home environment, go here:
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