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    MSConfig Alternatives

    MSConfig is described as ', or Microsoft System Configuration Utility, is a utility to troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows startup process' and is an app in the Network & Admin category. There are more than 25 alternatives to MSConfig for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Online / Web-based and Windows Mobile. The best alternative is Autoruns, which is free. Other great apps like MSConfig are GRUB (Free, Open Source), systemd (Free, Open Source), Startup Delayer (Freemium) and jv16 PowerTools (Paid).

    This page was last updated Nov 19, 2021
    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    MSConfig, or Microsoft System Configuration Utility, is a utility to troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows startup process.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Autoruns shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys.
      Autoruns vs MSConfig opinions
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      InsaneFromEarth Just more comprehensive than msconfig
      Positive comment almost 6 years ago

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Solaris
      • OpenSolaris
      GNU GRUB is a multiboot boot loader. It was derived from GRUB, the GRand Unified Bootloader, which was originally designed and implemented by Erich Stefan Boleyn.

    1. systemd is a replacement for the init daemon for Linux (either System V or BSD-style). It is intended to provide a better framework for expressing services' dependencies, allow more work to be done concurrently at system startup, and to reduce shell overhead.
    2. Startup Delayer gives you the power to optimize your Startup Process by delaying applications from starting up as soon as you log into your computer.


      has not been updated since 2015.

    3. jv16 PowerTools is the ultimate Windows optimization and tuneup utility suite. The bottom line is that it keeps your computer running smooth, fast and greatly improves its overall stability.

      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      KnockKnock displays persistent startup items (scripts, commands, binaries, executables, Login Items, kexts, LaunchAgents, etc., that are set to execute automatically on OS X.
    4. CCleaner Cloud lets you Run day-to-day tasks such as analyzing, cleaning, defragging and installing across multiple machines from your computer, phone or tablet.
    5. Winpooch is a watchdog for Windows (2000, XP, 2003, but only 32-bits). It detects modifications in your system, so as to detect a trojan or a spyware installation. It also includes a real-time anti-virus.


      As of 2008-06-13, this project is no longer under active development. Winpooch can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

    6. This utility displays the list of all applications that are loaded automatically when Windows starts up.
    7. CleanMyPC is a dozen tools in one for a cleaner and safer PC. It scans your whole system to clean up junk files and speed up your computer. Uninstall apps the right way, remove annoying apps sitting in your Autorun, protect online privacy, and more.


      The company announced that, starting from December 1, 2021, CleanMyPC won’t receive regular updates anymore, only critical ones.

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