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Starter - manage startup programs easily

Website - Freeware

reviewed by Giorgos on 20 Nov 2005



Review from Giorgos

I use Starter on my old (from 98's era) PC. Starter displays program startup entries like WinPatrol does, but I like it better for managing startups. Starter will let you see program icons for easy identification, and startup method, like "registry run". You can enable, disable or delete startup entries and you can also see the running file's properties. It has a very nice interface that doesn't require re-arranging and you can minimize it to the system tray. The most useful feature is it's "Processes" panel, where it displays real time data about the executables and dll's that are currently running. It will allow you to change a process's priority or terminate it if it's crashed. If you find a process that you cannot identify, a simple right click will allow you to search the internet using the process name as a search term. There is no help file with Starter, but I've never needed one. The interface is self explanatory.


Notes from Clif

Thanks for the very nice review Giorgos. I've also used Starter in the past. It is a small and very useful startup manager. Like you, I would keep it tucked away on another partition. It may also be a good tool to carry with you on a USB flash drive.


Later, I received a final email from Giorgos. He's translating the program interface to Greek for the author of Starter. Here is the author's response to this review.


... you will have to enlarge it when I'll finally manage to extend Starter's functionality as I plan. :-)



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As a primary purpose, Starter allows one to view and manage all the programs that are starting automatically whenever operating system is loading. It enumerates all the hidden registry entries, startup folders' items and some of the initialization files, so that the user could choose to temporarily disable selected entries, edit them, create new, or delete them permanently.


Secondary purpose is to list all the running processes with possibility to view extended process' information (such as used DLLs, memory usage, thread count, priorities etc.), and to terminate selected process (even a Windows NT service, having enough access rights).