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Solved Startup Programs - Which ones are absolutely necessary

Wynona

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And which ones can I get rid of?

I think the title and my first line explain what I don't know enough about. There are a huge amount of startups on my Win 8 system and I've been advised by my computer to get rid of some of them. Problem is it just showed up once and isn't in my Action Center. However, listed below are all the startups.

Edit: I had these tabbed, but when posting, they ran together. Sorry.

Status Monitor App – Brother Industries Medium
PDF Pro7Hook.exe – Nuance Paper Port Medium
PDF Create8Hook.exe – Nuance PaperPort Medium
PaperPort Print to Desktop for NT Medium
PaperPort IndexSearch Medium
OP Agent – OmniPage? Not Measured
OmniPage Ultimate High
SkyDrive High
Logitech SetPoint Event Mgr High
Logitech Download Assistant High
IDT PC Audio Medium
HP Beats Low
GladLauncher (4) High
Ereg (Unicode version) - Nuance Medium
Control Center Launcher (3) Brother Medium
Common Software Manager – Flexera Not Measured
Catalyst Control Center Launcher (3) High
Bluetooth Application High
Adobe Reader and Acrobat Manager (2) Medium
Microsoft Office 2010 Component Low
QuickFinder Index Scheduler Medium
REGISTRYCONTROLLER.EXE – Nuance High

First, let me say that I don't need "instant startup" of a program I use. I'm not so pressed for time that I can't wait a few seconds for it to open.

That said, I am pretty sure I can get rid of most, if not all, of the Nuance stuff. I installed OmniPage Ultimate and it looks as if Nuance is pretty invasive.

I don't know what the Microsoft 2010 Component is, but it's pretty low, so it may not be "in the way". (For valid reasons, I have Office 2010 and Office 2013 both installed on this computer.)

I have three Brother printers; 1 Laser, 2 inkjets, all of which are MFCs, so I probably need the Brother stuff.

There are a couple which I haven't a clue about what they are or what they do; GladLauncher and Common Software (Flexera).

And yes, I see some that I'm pretty sure should not be touched, but I need advice on which ones I should keep and which ones I can disable.

Thanks in advance for any help given. It's much appreciated.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 500-056
    CPU
    AMD Elite Quad-Core A8-6500
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 8570D
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    Fast
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    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

antares

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Hi Wynona, HERE is the list of Windows 8.1 services and suggested tweaking. Regarding the Startup items you're listing, you can safely disable all of those from startup without crippling the OS. They are all 3rd party. You have to evaluate what impact it'll have for those specific programs, but I don't see a reason to keep them loading during startup.
 

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    self made
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    Intel Core i7 6700K
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    Asus Z170-A
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    Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4 2400MHz
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    Intel HD Graphics 530
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    LG 23EA53 23" LED IPS
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    Samsung 256GB 830 Series SSD main+HGST 4TB 7200RPM as 2nd internal
    PSU
    Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 850W TPG-850M
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    Corsair Obsidian 650DW-1 Midtower
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Antivirus
    NIS2014

oneeyed

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I agree with the post above, nothing is necessary in your startup, even the ones associated with your printers should be safe disabling, they probably only give some icons in your tray.

I think you are safe disabling the 2 logitech startup programs. They are associated with your mouse or keyboard I assume. I've always disabled this setpoint application without any problems, keep in mind I don't use custom keys. You can even uninstall it completely and use the basic windows drivers.

I don't know about catalyst launcher but if it's the same as the nvidia app, then it's safe disabling it too, it gives an icon in the tray for quick access to the configuration options but you should still be able to do it without the laucher via control panel.

Gladlauncher and Common Software Manager (Flexera) are also part of the nuance stuff. Honestly they put a lot of things in startup, way too much to my taste...
 

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    PC/Desktop

whs

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You need none of those. They will all start when needed.
 

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CountMike

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If you have just default settings in CCC then you can disable it from startup but if you changed anything or have custom presets you should keep it on, otherwise they would not be active.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home made
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen7 2700x
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime x470 Pro
    Memory
    16GB Kingston 3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus strix 570 OC 4gb
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 960 evo 250GB
    Silicon Power V70 240GB SSD
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    WD 2 TB Blue
    Bunch of backup HDDs.
    PSU
    Sharkoon, Silent Storm 660W
    Case
    Raidmax
    Cooling
    CCM Nepton 140xl
    Internet Speed
    40/2 Mbps
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    WD

bluemoon

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suggest you get startup defender, or a similar program. its sits in your notification area, then pops up when a program tries to add itself to your startup. you then have the option to block or allow. 99% of programs can be blocked.
 

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  • OS
    windows 8

Wynona

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Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the help.

Going in . . .
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion 500-056
    CPU
    AMD Elite Quad-Core A8-6500
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 8570D
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    Fast
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

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