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This list documents some of the more common listings found on the 'Startup' tab of the System Configuration Utility.

To launch: System Configuration Utility:
  1. Click: START
  2. Click: RUN
  3. Type: MSCONFIG
  4. Click: OK
Program Name:Description:
*Adaptec DirectCD "Allows the user to drag and drop files to a CD-R. If this capability isn't used frequently, this doesn't need to always be loaded."
Adobe Gamma Loader.exeUsed to load graphics parameters. Not necessary in Startup.
AhqtbMore controls for a Creative sound card. These functions are all available through the Start menu.
alogserv.exeA McAfee program. It is reported to cause jerky graphics response in a number of games.
*AudioHQThis loads the desktop control panel for the Creative Live card. Leave it checked if you want it.
*AvconsoleEXE"This is an antivirus program. Some users don't have AV running all the time, preferring rather to do manual scans. It's your call."
*C:\Program File\Dell\MotiveRelated to Dell's Resolution Assistant
CleanSweep, SmartSweep, InternetSweepAll three of these CleanSweep modules can be run manually.
Cal reminder shortcutProduces a pop-up reminder of events scheduled using the MS Works Calendar.
ControllerThis starts WinFax Pro at startup. Not needed.
Critical UpdateContacts Microsoft frequently looking for updates. Uncheck it and visit the update site manually.
*CSInject.exeRelated to CleanSweep. Unchecking it will disable some functions of CleanSweep. Details are available
**CTSysVol"This is associated with a Creative sound card, and adds volume controls to the Windows volume controls"
DDTSee DellWB1
DEMCleanupSee DellWB1
DellWB1, DellWB2, DellWB3, etc."These programs are used by Dell as part of the software download checkout at the factory. If they are still on your machine, they serve no purpose. You can delete them by going to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE|Software|Microsoft|Windows|CurrentVersion|Run and right-clicking any found there and selecting ""Delete."" Do the same for HKLM|Software|Microsoft|Windows|CurrentVerion|RunServices."
*devldr16.exe"Associated with Creative Labs sound cards. Provides audio support for DOS applications. If you don't have those, you don't need this."
DisknagThis is a little program that reminds you to make your backup diskettes. It is not necessary in Startup.
*EM-EXEC"This is mouse software. Some users uncheck it with no problem. Try unchecking it and if problems occur, restore it to Startup."
ENCMON"The Encompass Monitor. This program is the Connect Direct Program. It is more trouble than it is worth and few use it. There are instructions for its removal in the Dell Knowledge Base,"
*EPSON Background MonitorThis little utility is supposed to keep an Epson printer ready for quick printing. Users report little difference whether it is on or not.
**explorerThis is required for Windows.
**FEELitDeviceManagerAssociated with Immersion TouchSense devices (Logitech Wingman Force Feedback Mouse and possibly other peripherals)
**Hidserv.exe.run"This is the Human Interface Device Server, it is required if you are using USB Audio Devices"
HP ScanPictureUsed with an HP scanner. It will load when the scanner is going to be used--no need to have it available all the time.
*ICQ NetDetect Agent"This automatically connects to ICQ when the user goes online. Not necessary, but a convenience."
ICSMGRMonitors DNS and DHCP requests for ICS (Internet Connection Sharing).
Iomega Disk IconsAll this does is change the icon form the Iomega drive.
*Iomega Startup OptionsThis is related to the Zip drive. It adds the right-click context menu selections for the Zip drive.
Iomega WatchRelated to the Zip drive--not needed.
LoadPowerProfile"This is required if you are using Power Management (accessed through Start|Settings|Control Panel|Power). If so, there will be two instances. This is normal."
LoadqmLoads the MSN Explorer Query Manager--a waste of resources and bandwidth.
*Machine Debug ManagerUsed by developers for debugging. Those who have encountered it have unchecked it with no degradation in performance.
*Mad.exeRelated to Dell's Resolution Assistant
*McAfeeWEbScanXAntivirus program. Keep it unless you are sure you will faithfully do manual scans and practice safe computing.
*MiniLog"This activates ZoneAlarm's logging module. It is not required if logging is not enabled (by checking ""Log alerts to a text file"" under the Alerts button."
Mixghost"This is management software for Altec Lansing speakers. If a change is needed, the user can launch it from the Start menu."
Microsoft Critical UpdateDetects and installs critical updates from the Microsoft site. Most users prefer to install these manually.
Microsoft Find FastThis program is unnecessary and troublesome when it is running.
Microsoft Greetings RemindersAre you willing to give up resources to remember Aunt Sadie's birthday? Me either.
Microsoft Office Startup"A resource hog and not needed. If quick access to Office is needed, put a shortcut on the desktop. (Some users report that unchecking this item cause difficulty. Bear this in mind if it is removed and performance is degraded.)"
Microsoft Works Calendar Reminders"See Greetings Reminders, above."
mmtrayPlaces a Music Box Jukebox icon in the task tray. The program works fine without it.
*Motive MonitorRelated to Dell's Resolution Assistant
*NAV defalertThis a reminder from Norton Antivirus to update virus signatures. Leave it if you think you might forget.
**Norton AutoProtectThis is Norton's real-time scanner for viruses. It can save a lot of grief in the event an email with a contaminated attachment.
Norton Crashguard Monitor"Generally considered an unstable program, most users avoid it."
*Norton Email Protect"This is a feature which sets up a proxy server to isolate the main system from email-borne viruses. If this feature is not desired, it is recommended that it be turned of in the programs control panel under Options|E-Mail Protection. When it is inactivated incoming email is still scanned as it is saved to your hard disk, but no proxy server is involved as an additional layer of protection."
Norton System Doctor"A major resource hog, you will be well off without it."
OSSetupDebugSee DellWB1
**PCHealthThis is a part of Windows ME which is used to provide Restore functionality.
*Pointer"This is mouse utilities, and is required for the wheel to work with full functionality."
Ptsnoop.exeThis is a modem driver used by several software modems to monitor the COM port. Its functions become active when the modem is in use. Additional information can be found
QuickShelf 99Places an icon in the system tray for launching Microsoft Bookshelf. Use the Start menu or a shortcut instead.
Power Reg SchedulerDisplays reminders to register software. Not needed.
Real Jukebox SystrayThis is the Jukebox counterpart to Real Player. It makes no discernible difference if it is not running.
RealTrayA similar program to Real Jukebox Systray for RealPlayer v7.
ReminderUsed with Microsoft Money. Not needed at Startup.
rnaappUsed in Dial Up Networking. It loads when you initiate a connection. There is no particular reason to have it load at startup.
run=hpfschedThis program pops up a reminder to register a new HP printer or scanner. It is not necessary.
**Rundll32.exeRequired for Dial Up Networking. This also appears in the Startup list if the resolution monitor (used to change monitor resolution on the fly) is placed in the system tray even if unchecked in Startup.
*RxMon, RxUserRelated to Dell's Resolution Assistant
**ScanRegThis program scans your Registry at startup and makes copies. Useful for backing up in the event of a corrupted Registry.
*Scheduling Agent"Keep this if Task Scheduler is being used. I not, it can be eliminated."
*SpeedRacerSoftware for a Creative sound card. Not needed at startup.
*SSDPSRV.exeProvides Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) and General Event Notification Architecture (GENA) services for Universal Plug and Play functionality.
**StateMgrAnother part of Windows ME required for Restore functionality.
*Stimon.exe or StillimageMonitorScanner software. Can be deleted unless an HP scanner is used in which case eliminating it will cause BSODs.
**SystrayRequired for your clock and other items in the System Tray.
*TaskMonitor"This is a Microsoft utility which keeps track of the rate of usage of programs to make defragging more efficient. With short seek times and high transfer rates of today's hard drives, it is probably superfluous."
**TCAUTIEXE, TCAUDIAGThese are associated with the 3COM diagnostic module (3COM NIC Doctor). No further information is available.
*TipsProvides tips for using the mouse--probably not needed by most users.
*Touch Manager"A keyboard utility. Not required for Windows, but a very nice program. NOTE:: some users report that unchecking this item resulted in loss of screen and power saver functions."
**TrueVectorRequired for users running the ZoneAlarm firewall
*TweakUISome users will need to have this loaded at startup to enable some of its options. If TweakUI is used to enter a network password it will be listed twice.
*VoyetraTrayThis provides an abbreviated Control Group for the Turtle Beach Montego II sound functions/associated with AudioStation 3 and 32.
*Vs Stat EXE"McAfee antivirus program. If you are careful about downloads and faithfully perform manual virus scans this can be unchecked. For most users, however, it should stay."
VsecomrEXE"McAfee ""nag"" popup to encourage users to upgrade to the latest version."
*Vshwin32.exeAlso McAfee. Not needed if manual scans of downloads and disk contents are faithfully done--should remain checked for most users..
*VsStat.exeSee Vshwin32.exe above.
Winmgmt.exeUsed for Enterprise Management. If you are not an IT Administrator you don't need this to be running.
winmodemThis is not needed.
*WkcalremThe Works Calendar Reminder. Leave it checked if you want the calendar to remind you of something.
WorksFUD (wkfud.exe)A marketing program for Microsoft Works. DEFINITELY NOT NEEDED.
WKDETECTAn program that automatically looks for updates for Microsoft Works. The user can easily do this manually at convenient intervals.
ZipDisk IconsRelated to the Zip drive--not needed.
**ZoneAlarmThis is the ZoneAlarm firewall program.
* = Possible problem caused by not loading or 'End Tasking'
** = In Most Cases Do NOT Touch !
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