Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Startup Manager

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Startup Manager

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Creative Gaffers Software

Price: free

System requirements: Windows 9x or NT

If there's one thing I like it's good software. If it's inexpensive, that's even better. Startup Manager is a program for Windows 9x and Windows NT that does exactly what its name implies. It helps you manage the programs that start up automatically when you log in on your PC. Windows has many ways of starting up programs, and some of them aren't necessarily easy to find unless you have a utility like Startup Manager.

When you start Startup Manager, it displays a list of all programs that automatically start up on your PC. The list includes columns for status (enabled or disabled), the title of the program, its command line, its location, and comments. The list can be sorted in alphabetical order on any column.

The immediately useful feature of Startup Manager is that you can enable or disable any startup program just by selecting it from the list and clicking on the enable or disable button. You can also entirely remove the program from the startup list if you're sure that you don't want it at all, but disabling the program allows you to enable it again easily.

Any of the programs on the list can be edited, making it easy to change command-line options or other details. For example, I configured my PC to start up Netscape automatically every time I log in on my Windows NT workstation. …

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