MSConfig.exe equivalent for Win2K???

MSConfig.exe equivalent for Win2K???

Post by Jaso » Sun, 27 Jun 2004 13:50:51

I've got a Startup item that I'd like to disable (plus
surely some Sound Blaster junk), but without msconfig, I'm
not sure how... I found this on one of the help sites:

Ever wondered what commands and programs are run when you
startup your machine? Well, startup.vbs from the Resource
Kit can list all the startup commands on a specified
machine (even remotely on a different machine), including
the user that runs it, and the exact syntax of the command
that is run. And yes, I know we could see this information
from msconfig.exe once, but Windows 2000 doesn't include
this tool. The good news is that msconfig.exe is back on
Windows XP Professional.

However, I don't have the startup.vbs file on my comp, so
I'm stuck.

Any advice would be appreciated!
- Jason

MSConfig.exe equivalent for Win2K???

Post by Jaso » Sun, 27 Jun 2004 15:51:49

Thanks for the heads-up... Sorry, I was sure it was asked
before, but going thru 227 pages of tech files isn't a fun
way to spend a night... Hey Microsoft, how about a Search
feature specifically for your forums?!?

works fine in 2k.


MSConfig.exe equivalent for Win2K???

Post by Baccha » Sun, 27 Jun 2004 16:04:23

As previously posted in this newsgroup, XP's msconfig works fine in 2k.
Just drop it in your system file. You can download it here:


MSConfig.exe equivalent for Win2K???

Post by Bruce Cham » Sun, 27 Jun 2004 23:15:47

Greetings --

MSConfig is/was a Win98/Me utility, brought back in WinXP, which
is also targeted at the home consumer market. There is no equivalent
utility included with Win95/WinNT/Win2K.

In most cases, one need only open the offending program and
deselect the option to "display icon in the system tray" or to "start
when Windows starts."

To view the list of your start up programs, look in the
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Start Up and
C:\Documents and Settings\username\Start Menu\Programs\Start Up
folders, and in the system registry, primarily in the
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run keys. These can
also be viewed, if I remember correctly, by right-clicking My
Computer, selecting "Manage" and expanding System Tools-- System
Information -- Software Environment -- Startup Programs. To prevent
any of them from starting at login, you'll have to delete shortcuts
from the startup folder(s) and/or edit the registry. I should point
out that, in order to make such system modifications requires one to
have administrative privileges to the machine in question. I should
also point out that one should not even consider editing the registry
unless he is fully confident that he knows exactly what is going to
happen as a result of each and every change.

Bruce Chambers
Help us help you: ~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on
having both at once. - RAH

MSConfig.exe equivalent for Win2K???

Post by Baccha » Sun, 27 Jun 2004 23:53:05

NP for the heads up. I wasnt trying to be butthead when I posted, I
just wanted you to know that it wasnt 'my' tip. Dont want to be accused
of stealing someone elses tip aroung here, they get e *** d ya know?
Good Luck


MSConfig.exe equivalent for Win2K???

Post by Jaso » Mon, 28 Jun 2004 00:27:28

Oh, definitly not trying to "butthead" you... Just saying
that if there was a decent newsgroup search option, then I
wouldn't have had to waste time posting, and you wouldn't
have had to waste time responding.

I definitely do appreciate the answer though. That
particular item didn't have an option to disable startup,
nor was it in the Startup folder. I could have played in
the registry, I suppose... But I would prefer not.
MSConfig is a nice, simple, clean way to play around...
Therefore it comes as no surprise that Microsoft would
remove it from their product.

I posted, I
want to be accused
e *** d ya know?

MSConfig.exe equivalent for Win2K???

Post by Bob » Sun, 04 Jul 2004 02:28:53

Microsoft didn't "remove it". It was never included in NT based
operating sytems until XP was released.