MSConfig, or Microsoft System Configuration Utility is a utility used to troubleshoot startup problems with Microsoft Windows. MSConfig can modify which programs run at startup, edits certain configuration files and provides users a way to manage system services upon startup. You can run this from most Microsoft operating systems (except some versions of Windows 95, Windows 2000 and Windows NT) by going to Start ⇒ Run ⇒ type in 'MSConfig' and clicking OK.
MSConfig online help page here - (For those that need some help using MSConfig)
Some MSConfig facts:
- MSConfig was in Windows 98, 98se, ME, XP, Vista and Windows 7.
- MSConfig was included in some versions of Windows 95.
- You can copy (or download) MSConfig and put it in Windows 95 if it's not already there. Copy it into the \windows\system folder.
Download MSConfig here: MSConfig for Windows 95 - (Windows 98 version)
- MSConfig was not included in NT nor Windows 2000.
- You can add MSConfig to Windows 2000. Put it in the c:\winnt\system32\ (c:\winnt\ works also) folder.
Download MSConfig here: MSConfig for Windows 2000 - (Windows XP version)
* This assumes that c: drive is where Windows 2000 was installed to.
* The default folder that Windows 2000 installs to is c:\winnt. If the defaults were changed, yours might be different.
- To run MSConfig, hit start, run, and type in MSConfig. Notice the startup tab. Here you can turn off and on those pesky resource hogging applications that run when you boot up your computer.
- Note: MSConfig doesn't have to be put into any folder to run. It can be run from a floppy or put on the desktop and clicked on. Putting it in the correct folder permits you to hit Start > Run to launch it.