Start-Q is a Windows startup manager that you can use to delay the startup of select programs to speed up the overall startup performance of the system.
Older versions of the Windows operating system launch all startup programs more or less at the same time during system start.
This can slow down the startup of the system significantly, especially when multiple programs are started with Windows.
The consequence for the user is a slower, unresponsive system until the programs have all been started.
The most popular option to reduce the slow down during startup is to remove some or even all of the autostart program. Removing programs from autostart will speed it up since fewer programs need to be loaded by Windows.
But that's not always practicable, especially for programs that are used regularly by the user or even required to run (security software).
Start-Q offers another option to handle startup programs to reduce the impact they have on the computer system's performance.
The idea is to provide a startup queue that manages when and how the programs are launched.
The program window displays a list of all startup programs. The first step in the configuration process of Start-Q is to move those entries that the user wants to autostart to the queue in the lower half.
This can be done by dragging and dropping the entries to the bottom queue, or by selecting an entry and selecting the add startup item to queue icon.
A dialog is displayed for each program that is added to the queue of the software program. This is where the actual configuration is taking place.
The software has the following options for each startup item:
Start-Q needs to be activated once the queue has been filed with startup programs. The user has the option to let the software launch with a gui or silently in the background.
Activating Start-Q initiates the following process: All startup programs that have been moved to the program's queue are removed from their initial startup locations in the Windows operating system since they are now launched by Start-Q instead. Start-Q will be added to the list of programs that are started during Windows startup. It handles the start of the selected programs from that moment on.
The software to optimize Windows startup programs can be downloaded at the developer's homepage where it is available free of charge. It worked without problems on our Windows 7 test system.
We have uploaded the latest working version of the application to our own server. You can download it with a click on the following link. Note that we don't support the program in any way: sq-setup.zip
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