We received a question via e-mail:
“…you mentioned to NOT mess with the start up items
through msconfig. That it was not wise, and not meant
to be a permanent fix. WHY? How do we reset it?
Thanks for your help.”

Take a look at:
How to troubleshoot by using the
System Configuration utility in Windows XP

How to perform advanced clean-boot troubleshooting in
Windows XP

It (System Configuration Utility) is a troubleshooting
tool. As a troubleshooter, when I want to assess how
healthy the operating system is I make sure it’s in
“normal startup”: that’s where I can see what happens
when the operating system functions as designed.

There have been times where I’ve changed a computer to
“normal startup”, and it had been in “selective startup”
so long…the operating system was so damaged and
corrupted…a new installation of Windows was needed.
There were times where everything on the hard drive was


Regarding Windows Vista:
“System Configuration is intended to find and isolate problems, but it is not meant as a startup management program…”

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