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Key:

  • "Y" - Normally leave to run at start-up
  • "N" - Not required - typically infrequently used tasks that can be started manually if necessary
  • "U" - User's choice - depends whether a user deems it necessary
  • "X" - Definitely not required - typically viruses, spyware, adware and "resource hogs"
  • "?" - Unknown



Startup Name Process Name Details
UActive Desktop CalendarADC.EXE"XemiComputers Active Desktop Calendar"
UCalendarCalendar.exe"This entry can be added by PlainSight Desktop Calendar and older versions of Desktop iCalendar from Desksware and the older Calendar 200X - which is no longer supported by or available from the author"
?Calendar 200X Monitorcalmonitor.exe"Background task for Calendar 200X by Joel Graffman - which is no longer supported or available from it's author. The exact purpose of this startup entry is unknown at present but it appears to be related to the Calendar 200X Reminder entry - as disabling that entry via the program also disables this one"
NCalendar 200X Remindercalendar.exe"Part of Calendar 200X by Joel Graffman - which is no longer supported or available from it's author. Displays reminders for holidays
?Calendar Monitorcalmonitor"Background task for Calendar 200X by Joel Graffman - which is no longer supported or available from it's author. The exact purpose of this startup entry is unknown at present"
UCalendarscopecs.exe"Calendarscope calendar software"
NClick Tray CalendarClickT~1.EXE"ClickTray Calendar - shows holidays
UDesktop CalendarDesktop Calendar.exe"Desktop Calendar - ""Desktop Calendar is a highly customizable calendar program that turns your desktop into a traditional wall calendar
UDesktop iCalendarCalendar.exe"Older version of Desktop iCalendar/Desktop iCalendar Lite by Desksware which include support for Google Calendar and add weather
UDesktop iCalendarDesktop iCalendar Lite.exe"Desktop iCalendar Lite by Desksware - ""is a free desktop calendar for Windows. It allows you to manage your events
UDesktop iCalendarDesktop iCalendar.exe"Desktop iCalendar by Desksware - ""is a handy desktop calendar for Windows. It stays on your desktop and shows the days of the current month. It can sync with your Google Calendar
UDesktop iCalendar LiteDesktop iCalendar Lite.exe"Desktop iCalendar Lite by Desksware - ""is a free desktop calendar for Windows. It allows you to manage your events
UDesktop iCalendar Lite.exeDesktop iCalendar Lite.exe"Desktop iCalendar Lite by Desksware - ""is a free desktop calendar for Windows. It allows you to manage your events
UDesktop iCalendar.exeDesktop iCalendar.exe"Desktop iCalendar by Desksware - ""is a handy desktop calendar for Windows. It stays on your desktop and shows the days of the current month. It can sync with your Google Calendar
UiCalendarCalendar.exe"Older version of Desktop iCalendar/Desktop iCalendar Lite by Desksware which include support for Google Calendar and add weather
NMicrosoft Works Calendar Reminderswkcalrem.exeIf you schedule an event at any time in Microsoft Works Calendar and set a reminder then a shortcut will be added to Start → All Programs → Startup so this reminder service loads every time Windows starts
NPhoto Express Calendar Checker SECALCHECK.EXE"If you create multiple Weekly/Monthly/Yearly calendars to use as your wallpaper
UPink CalendarPinkCal.exe"Pink Calendar & Day Planner"
UPlainSight Desktop CalendarCalendar.exe"PlainSight Desktop Calendar by Desksware - ""It can display Microsoft® Outlook® data
UScreen Calendarscrcal.exe"Screen Calendar allows you to create custom desktop wallpapers with built in active calendar and scheduler"
UTimeCalendartc.exe"TimeCalendar digital planner"
NUlead Calendar CheckerCalCheck.exe"Ulead Calendar Checker - part of Ulead Photo Express - automatically replaces your calendar desktop wallpaper on a weekly/monthly/yearly basis if you've created them. Not required - change them manually"
NUlead Photo Express Calendar Checkercalcheck.exe"If you create multiple Weekly/Monthly/Yearly calendars to use as your wallpaper
NUlead Photo Express x.0 Calendarcalcheck.exe"Ulead Calendar Checker - part of Ulead Photo Express
NWorks Calendar Reminderwkcalrem.exeIf you schedule an event at any time in Microsoft Works Calendar and set a reminder then a shortcut will be added to Start → All Programs → Startup so this reminder service loads every time Windows starts


DISCLAIMER: It is assumed that users are familiar with the operating system they are using and comfortable with making the suggested changes. I will not be held responsible if changes you make cause a system failure.

This is NOT a list of tasks/processes taken from Task Manager or the Close Program window (CTRL+ALT+DEL) but a list of startup applications, although you will find some of them listed via this method. Pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL identifies programs that are currently running - not necessarily at startup. For a list of tasks/processes you should try WinTasks 5 Standard/Professional from LIUtilities or the list at AnswersThatWork. Therefore, before ending a task/process via CTRL+ALT+DEL just because it has an "X" recommendation, please check whether it's in MSCONFIG or the registry first. An example would be "svchost.exe" - which doesn't appear in either under normal conditions but does via CTRL+ALT+DEL. If in doubt, don't do anything.