Jenil Vasani


Use the Shift Key to Temporarily Disable Startup Applications for Troubleshooting

After the installation of certain software’s which are used rarely, but they start up every time up login into your Machine. These startups can cause logon delays or prevent you from completing Windows startup in normal mode. One of the best and easiest  way is that you can just configure to disable startup applications.

Hold down SHIFT key during the logon process, you can jst prevent the operating system from running the startup programs or the shortcuts  following Folder :

  • StartMenu\Programs\Startup

To Disable the applications in the above folder you can hold down the SHIFT key until the desktop icon appears. Holding shift key is much better alternative rather than temporarily deleting or moving programs and shortcuts as this procedure only affcets the current user session.

To use the Shift key to disable applications and shortcuts in startup folders, log off the computer and then log on again. Immediately press and hold down the Shift key. Continue to hold down the Shift key until the desktop icons appear. If you can log on successfully, you have isolated the cause of the problem to your startup applications. Next, you should use the System Configuration utility to temporarily disable applications one by one until you identify the cause of the problem. With the cause of the problem identified, you can fix the application or permanently remove it from your startup programs.


February 27, 2010 - Posted by | Tips, Windows 7


  1. This unfortunately doesn’t work with Vista and Windows 7 although it works fine under XP and earlier OSes.

    Comment by tuxplorer | March 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Havn’t tired in Vista or 7….. trying to seach such tweaks in 7 too!!! 🙂

      Comment by Jenil Vasani | March 30, 2010 | Reply

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