Selective Startup in Windows 7

Some third-party programs running in the background can interfere with the normal functionality of Grey Box games, and may even prevent them from running at all. By temporarily disabling these programs from booting, they can be eliminated as the source of the problem. There are multiple ways that this can be approached.


You can disable all startup programs, or disable some of them.  Note: Disabling all startup programs may disable your internet adapter.  You may have to re-enable the adapter manually after restart if you cannot connect to the internet.


Windows 7:

  1. Press the Windows Key + R, and type “msconfig” and hit enter.  You can choose to do a general tab “Selective Startup” or manually eliminate programs from automatically starting on the startup tab.
  2. To perform a general selective startup, under the General tab, click Selective Startup. To disable all startup processes, uncheck the “load system services” and “load start up items” check boxes.

  3. To select which processes to eliminate manually, you can go to the Startup tab and uncheck them individually.  

  4. Press OK, and perform a system restart.
  5. To re-enable your network adapter:
  • Click Start> Control Panel> Network and Sharing Center.
  • Click on “Change adapter settings” on the left side
  • Right click on the Local area connection icon or wireless adapter and enable it.


Restoring Network Connectivity after Selective Startup in Windows 7:

  • Go to the Start Menu and select Control Panel.
  • Click the Network and Internet category and then select Networking and Sharing Center
  • From the options on the left-hand side, select Change adapter settings.
  • Right-click on the icon for Wireless Connection and click enable. You'll now be able to connect to a Wi-Fi network from the Network and Sharing center.


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