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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
UCPUcoolCpucool.exeProgram to keep the processor cool when idle in "overclocked" systems. Also available via Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
XMicrosoft System CheckupCool.exe"Added by the DONK.B WORM!"
NTourwincool.exe"Annoying WinMe component that prompt you to play the %Windir%\Application Data\Microsoft\INTROCONTENT.HTA file - that plays a full screen version of the WinMe product preview and cannot be stopped until it finishes to my knowledge. That prompt will keep popping up after an install/reinstall of WinMe until you give in and watch the thing. It also puts a task scheduler entry to run that annoying thing every 30 minutes - and don't bother deleting that entry as Windows puts it right back. Not only should you disable it from running
NWintercooler ProWINCOOL.EXE"Wintercooler Pro - utility that monitors CPU usage


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.