Selective Startup in Windows 8 & 10

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 using selective startup, or disable some of them using the startup utility.  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.


Selective Startup in Windows 8, 8.1 and 10:

  1. Press Windows Key+R.
  2. Type msconfig and press Enter.
  3. Choose Selective startup and uncheck Load startup items.

  1. Select the Services tab.Check Hide all Microsoft services. Click Disable all.

  2. Click Apply then click OK.
  3. Click Restart.


Manual Startup Changes in Windows 8-10

  1. Press Windows Key+R.
  2. Type Task Manager and press Enter.
  3. To select which processes to eliminate manually, you can go to the Startup tab and disable them individually by right-clicking on each item and selecting “disable” 


Restoring Networking after Selective Startup:

  • To re-enable your network adapter in Windows 10:
    • Type network connections in the search.
    • Select "View network connections"
    • Locate the "network connection" you want to enable/disable
    • After locating the connection, right-click on it and select "enable/disable".


  • To Re-enable your networking in Windows 8 or 8.1
    • On your keyboard press the "Windows logo key" + Q.
    • Type Device Manager.
    • Select "Device Manager".
    • Select the arrow next to "Network Adapters".
    • Right-click on the "Adapter" you want to modify
    • Select "Disable / Enable".




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