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Preventing Programs from Opening When Windows 7 Starts

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This document applies to HP computers with Microsoft Windows 7.
Many software programs can open automatically. Some are not apparent while working in Windows. Some of these programs are necessary and cannot be changed or removed. Some should be opened only as needed. Others might not be needed at all. However, all software programs take up processor time and space in the computer's memory. This document explains how to determine which software programs might not be needed and how to prevent them from starting up.

Stopping unnecessary programs from automatically opening by uninstalling them

Removing unnecessary software programs prevents them from starting automatically and frees space on the hard drive. Do the following to remove unwanted programs:
  1. Click Start , and then click Control Panel .
  2. Under Programs , click Uninstall a program .
  3. Examine closely the items that appear inside the Uninstall or change a program window. The items listed are programs currently installed on the computer.
    Figure 1: Uninstall or change a program window
    Uninstall or change a program window
  4. Click to highlight any program you want to uninstall or change.
  5. Click Uninstall or Change at the top of the program list.
    NOTE:Do not remove items in the list that you are unsure about. The table at the end of this document contains a list of common software programs to help you decide whether or not to remove an item.
  6. Read and respond to any messages that might open while the software is being removed from your computer.
  7. Repeat for all programs you want to uninstall.
  8. After all items have been removed, close all open windows and restart the computer.

Preventing programs from starting when opening Windows 7

The following sections provide different ways that software can be prevented from opening automatically when Windows 7 opens.

Using Windows 7 system tray icons to prevent programs from automatically starting

Each of the small icons on the system tray, next to the time, represents software that runs in the background. Hovering the mouse cursor over any of these icons reveals the software program name or function. You can increase system resources and prevent possible conflicts by reducing the number of these programs that open with Windows.
Figure 2: HP Advisor system tray icon
HP Advisor system tray icon
Sometimes a software program provides a feature that can be used to prevent the program from opening with Windows. To see if a program has such a feature, do the following:
  1. Double-click or right-click on an icon in the tray to bring up more options.
  2. Look for options or selections in menus that will prevent the software program from starting, such as Open , Options , or Preferences . Look for anything related to starting up. If you find a setting that enables the program to start automatically when Windows starts, disable it. If the feature is not available, try removing the icons from the Startup folder.

Removing Windows 7 program icons from the startup folder to stop automatic starting

Some programs open with a shortcut icon in the startup folder (startup icons). Use the following steps to show any startup icons that are hidden and remove startup icons from the startup folder:
NOTE:Removing items from the Startup folder does not uninstall the software application.
  1. Right-click anywhere in an open area on the Windows desktop, and select New and Folder . Name the folder Notstartup . This folder will be used later.
  2. Click Start , then click All Programs . Right-click Startup , and then click Open .
    The Startup folder opens.
    Figure 3: Startup folder
    Startup folder
  3. Any icons present indicate programs that load when Windows opens. Right-click any of these icons and select Properties to reveal more information about the program.
  4. Right-click any icon you do not want, and then click Cut .
  5. Double-click the Notstartup folder on the desktop that was created earlier.
  6. Right-click inside the Notstartup , and then click Paste . The icons that were cut from the Startup folder are now placed in the Notstartup folder.
  7. Restart the computer.
    Any items removed from Startup will no longer open when Windows opens. You can open the programs by double-clicking the desired item in the Notstartup folder.

Using Windows 7 System Configuration to prevent automatically starting programs

Perform the following steps to selectively prevent items from starting when Windows launches.
CAUTION: Disable only those items that are known and unwanted. Disabling system critical items might cause problems.
  1. Click Start , and type msconfig into the Search box. Click msconfig .
    If you are prompted for an Administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
    Figure 4: System Configuration tool in Search results
    System Configuration tool in Search results
    The System Configuration tool displays.
  2. Click the General tab and make sure Selective startup is selected.
    Figure 5: General tab
    General tab
  3. Select the Startup tab and remove the checks from any tasks that do not contribute to the system and are unwanted.
    If unsure about a task, write the name down and research it on the Internet. Do not remove a checkmark if you do not know what the task is. For a list of files that are recommended not to remove, review the HP support document: Using Microsoft System Configuration in Windows 7 .
    Figure 6: Startup tab
    Startup tab
  4. Click Apply , and then click OK to accept the changes. Restart the computer.
  5. When prompted, click Restart .
    Figure 7: Restart the computer
    Restart the computer
  6. If Windows or other software stops working after a checkmark is removed from a task, restart the computer and reverse these procedures to replace the checkmark. If needed, you can press F8 after the first blue HP startup screen (after the computer has been turned on) to open safe mode. For more information, see Windows 7 Safe Mode .
By completing these steps, Windows runs using Selective startup. This means that Windows prevents the selected programs from starting. If Selective startup is disabled in the future, all the selected software programs will open again.

Disabling Windows 7 HP TouchSmart software from automatic starting

Items that begin with HPTS or HP TouchSmart are related to the HP TouchSmart software. Consult the table at the end of this document . If you do not use the HP TouchSmart software, you can prevent it from opening with Windows by using Personalize or Settings in the TouchSmart software.

Checking the necessity of Windows 7 automatically-starting software

The software programs in the following table are some of the most common software programs that open with Windows on HP and Compaq desktop computers. It does not list every possible software program that can be loaded onto the computer. If a software program is not on this list, write the name down and research it on the Internet.
CAUTION:A name in the following list might also be the name of virus or Trojan. Many viruses and Trojans copy a system file name so that unsuspecting people delete a system file that prevents Windows from opening. Use virus scanning and removal software to find and remove viruses and Trojans. Do not rely on this list to determine if a file is a virus or Trojan.
Startup programFile nameWhat the program does
Adobe AcrobatReader_sl.exeCommunicate with PDF files, make them reusable and editable.
Alps Pointing Device DriverApoint2K\Apoint.exeThe driver that controls the touch pad on the PC. Should not be disabled if you want to use the touch pad.
Andrea filters APO access serviceAEADISRV.EXEUsed by SoundMAX for microphone processing.
Bluetooth Headset Skype ProxyBluetoothHeadsetProxy.exeAllows programs to connect to Bluetooth headset.
Bluetooth Stack COM ServerBTStackServer.exeUsed by computer to communicate with Bluetooth devices.
Bluetooth Support Serverbtwdins.exeUsed for Bluetooth devices on your computer.
Bluetooth software Tray ApplicationBTTray.exeAllows connection of Bluetooth enabled wireless devices such as computers, phones, printers, headsets, speakers, and cameras.
Caps Lock | Num Lock | Scroll Lock StateKeystatus.exeMonitors status of lock keys on keyboard.
Catalyst Control CenterCLIStart.exeDevice driver and utility software package for the ATI line of video cards.
Client Server Runtime Processcsrss.exeUsed by the Windows 7 operating system. Do not disable.
CyberLink Media Library ServiceCLMLSvc.exeManages the media libraries.
CyberLink PowerCinema Resident ProgramDVDAgent.exe

TSMAgent.exe
Used by HP Power Cinema.
Desktop Window Managerdwm.exeUsed by Windows 7 for graphical displays.
DT_StartupDT_startup.exeEnhances the display's color and visual appeal.
Fast UserFastUserSwitching.exeAllows switching between user accounts without logging off.
HD Audio Control PanelRtHDVCpl.exeProvides the computer with high-definition audio. To avoid sound problems, do not prevent from starting.
Host Process for Windows Servicessvchost.exeWindows process that hosts services needed to perform various functions.
HP AdvisorHPAdvisor.exeInstrumental in keeping the computer protected from viruses and corruption.
HP Beatsbeats64.exeHear the bass, the detail, and the dynamics of the music with Beats Audio.
Hewlett-Packard Company KBD EXEkbd.exeMultimedia keyboard manager. One-touch keys do not work without this enabled, but the rest of the keyboard works.
HP Connections RemoveHPCONN~1.exeProvides notices, support updates, tips, and special offers. It is safe to prevent from starting.
HP.CPC.TSHPTSEnProxy.exeTouchSmart software. Provides two-touch information to the TouchSmart software applications. Can be disabled if not using HP TouchSmart.
HP.CPC.TS.SHPTSEnSrv.exeTouchSmart software. Provides two-touch information to the TouchSmart software applications. Can be disabled if not using HP TouchSmart.
hpwuSchd ApplicationHPWuSchd2.exeAllows the computer to automatically receive software update notifications from HP over the Internet. It is safe to prevent from starting, but it can be helpful in maintaining the latest software and drivers for your computer.
HP MediaSmartSmartMenu.exeUsed to open the MediaSmart program from keyboards and remote controls. Do not disable this program.
HP Power AssistantHPPA_Main.exe/hiddenHelps reduce power consumption by managing your PC usage with weekday and weekend settings.
HP Quick Launch ButtonsQlbctrl.exeEnables buttons on the keyboard to perform other functions.
HPRun ??hprun.exeOpens HP Total Care Advisor. If you want Advisor to run, do not prevent this program from starting.
hpsysdrvhpsysdrv.exeKeeps track of system recoveries. Do not disable.
HP Total Care AdvisorHPAdvisor.exeInstrumental in keeping the computer protected from viruses and corruption.
HP TouchSmart CalendarGCalService.exeTouchSmart Calendar program that allows the user to set up reminder notifications for events. It controls the Reminder LED on the computer. It can be disabled if you are not using HP TouchSmart.
HP TouchSmart Calendar & NotesHPTouchSmartSyncCalReminderApp.exeTouchSmart software that works along with GCalService and accesses user data files. Can be disabled if not using HP TouchSmart.
Wireless AssistantHPWAMain.exeManages the wireless capabilities of the PC.
IDT PC AudioIDT\WDM\sttray64.exeIt is an integrated audio sound module, if turned off the sound might not work.
Input Personalization ServerInputPersonalization.exeFor use with Tablet PCs for handwriting recognition and conversion to text.
Intel Common User Interfaceigfxtray.exeRequired for graphics drivers. Do not disable this program.
Intel Common User Interfacehkcmd.exeRequired for graphics drivers. Do not disable this program.
Intel Common User Interfaceigfxpers.exeRequired for graphics drivers. Do not disable this program.
Java™ Platform SE Binaryjusched.exeChecks for Java updates.
Keyboard and Mouse Battery Volume DetectionHPKEYBOARD.EXEApplication software for the keyboard set. Displays message when battery level is low.
LightScribeLightScribeControlPanel.exeBurn CD labes with LightScribe.
Local Security Authority Processlsass.exeAuthenticates user logons. Do not disable this program.
Local Session Manager Servicelsm.exeManages terminal server connections. Do not disable this program.
Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010MsPwdRegistration.exeIncreases security with management across identities, credentials and resources.
Microsoft Security Clientmsseces.exePart of Microsoft's security program with Microsoft Security Essentials.
Microsoft Software Licensing ServicesSLsvc.exeProtects software programs from copyright infringement. Do not disable this programs.
Microsoft Userinit Logon Applicationuserinit.exeUsed by the Windows Operating System for network connections and starting Windows. Do not disable this program.
Microsoft Tablet PC Input Componentwisptis.exeTablet PC software for pen input device.
Microsoft Windows Explorer,

or Windows Explorer
explorer.exeUser interface for the operating system. Provides access to programs and files on the computer. Do not disable this program.
Microsoft Windows Operating Systemstikynot.extAllows you make virtual sticky notes and place them on the desktop as reminders.
Microsoft Windows Operating Systemsidebar.exeActivates the sidebar feature of the Windows "gadgets."
Microsoft Windows Search IndexerSearchIndexer.exeIndexes file contents and properties for searching purposes.
Norton Online BackupNobuActivation.exeActivates Notron on-line backup
NT Kernel & SystemsystemDefault system counter. Do not disable this program.
NVIDIA Compatible Windows 2000 NvStartup.dllNeeded for optimum graphics.
NVIDIA Driver Helper Service nvsvc.dll, nvsvc.exe Needed for optimum graphics.
NVIDIA Media Center Library NvMcTray.dll Needed for optimum graphics.
OSDHWManager.exeControls the on-screen display when adjusting audio volume and LCD panel brightness level. This program cannot be disabled, but it can be uninstalled.
OsdMaestro main programOSD64.exeProvides an interface to configure on-screen display settings
OSD FormOSDForm.exeUsed for on-screen display.
Percentage of time the processor is idleSystemIdleProcessCounter that measures CPU idle time at any particular time.
PictureMover ApplicationPictureMover.exeAutomatically uploads pictures from digital cameras or memory cards that are connected to the computer.
RAID Event Monitor Iaanotif.exe Depending on how you configure it, RAID helps optimize the performance of the computer. It has facilities to partition and back up data.
Services and Controller appservices.exeServices control manager is responsible for starting, stopping and interacting with system services. Do not disable this program.
SMax4PNPSmax4pnp.exeUsed for analog audio devices.
SoundMAX Audio SettingsSoundMAX.exeInstalls the graphical user interface for controlling the audio settings. Do not disable this program.
Spooler SubSystem Appspoolsv.exeWindows Print Spooler service for all fax and print jobs.
Symantec Core Componentsymlcsvc.exeAntivirus software. Disabling virus-scanning software is not recommended except for computers that are isolated from any software input (including the Internet, a network, CDs, memory cards, etc.).
Symantec Security Technologies ccApp.exeAntivirus software. Disabling virus-scanning software is not recommended except for computers that are isolated from any software input (including the Internet, a network, CDs, memory cards, etc.).
Symantec Service FrameworkccSvcHst.exeDisplays user interface for antivirus software.
Symantec Shared Component osCheck.exePart of the suite of antivirus software programs. Disabling virus-scanning software is not recommended except for computers that are isolated from any software input (including the Internet, a network, CDs, memory cards, etc.).
SymCUWSYMCUW.exeAntivirus software. Disabling virus-scanning software is not recommended except for computers that are isolated from any software input (including the Internet, a network, CDs, memory cards, etc.).
Synaptics Pointing Device DriverSynTPEnh.exeAllows you to add advanced features to your laptop's pad: sensibility, tapping speed, etc.
Tablet PC Input Panel Accessorytabtip.exeHandwriting recognition personalization tool for Tablet PCs.
Tablet PC Input Panel Helpertabtip32.exeControls the on-screen keyboard.
Task Scheduler Enginetaskeng.exeResponsible for running certain processes at predefined times.
Windows Audio Device Graphaudiodg.exeHosts audio engine for Windows 7.
Windows Driver FoundationWUDFHost.exePart of the Windows Operating System
Windows host process (Rundll32)rundll32.exeCommand line utility program; runs dlls. Do not disable this program.
Windows Logon Applicationwinlogon.exeSets parental controls on your computer.
Windows Session Managersmss.exeSession manager subsystem that starts, manages, and deletes user sessions. Do not disable this program.
Windows Startup Applicationwininit.exeStarts some of the core Windows 7 background services. Do not disable this program.
Windows Task Managertaskmgr.exeLaunches Windows Task Manager. Do not disable this program.
WMI Provider HostWmiPrvSE.exeWindows Management Instrumentation is used to develop applications for monitoring computer activity.

Information on automatically starting programs

For more information about software programs that start automatically and what they do, see the following:
Uniblue's Process Library Web site - ProcessLibrary.com (in English)
NOTE:One or more of the links above will take you outside the Hewlett-Packard Web site. HP does not control and is not responsible for information outside the HP Web site.
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