I have recently installed an application that tells me how fast my computer starts up compared with an alleged average startup time worldwide. To my surprise, my system startup has been taking increasing amounts of time. The reason: some programs are configured to start automatically, stay hidden in the system tray or run as services. Of course, most of them are necessary, such as antivirus tools; but there will also be some you hardly use, which will inadvertently slow your computer down.
Quick Startup is intended to let you configure your list of startup programs and services. This way, you will be able to know which applications are started when you turn on your machine. In this regard, you will be allowed to inspect, edit, disable (temporarily or permanently) such programs. It will not only show the applications included in the startup folders but also those in the registry and win.ini file.
Using the application is so easy that it hardly needs any description, which is good because the accompanying help documentation is poor. You will not even need to take any initial action as the Quick Startup will automatically refresh the Startup list during program start. Right clicking the desired entry will let you perform any of the possible actions: deleting, enabling/disabling, starting or editing the select item. Additionally, you will also receive useful information to help you make the best decisions. For example, some entries will have a rating bar that indicates the risk level they represent, and you can even edit entries to rate or provide comments on them. Other actions are also available, such as adding new elements or exporting the list.
As a whole, Quick Startup will not only be easy to use for beginners, but also satisfy more demanding users. It is a free application so you will not be losing any money if you just try it. My recommendation is that you had better check if your system optimizer includes a similar tool. In such case, you should also check if the built-in startup manager is less satisfying than Quick Startup. With these elements at hand, you will be able to make a better decision.
- It is easy to use.
- It lets you comment on program entries.
- It provides the risk level for some entries.
- It is free
- The help documentation is poor