According to Microsoft, the System Configuration Utility automates the routine troubleshooting steps that Microsoft Support engineers use when diagnosing system configuration issues. Msconfig permits you to modify your system configuration through a process of elimination with check boxes. This process reduces the risk of typing errors that you may make when you use a text editor such as the Windows Notepad.
When you use the System Configuration utility, you can easily reset or change the configuration settings in Windows to include preferences for the following files and settings:
- The System.ini File, The Win.ini File, The Boot.ini File.
- Programs That Load During Startup - Usually Specified in the Startup Folder And Registry.
- Environment Settings and International Settings etc.
Using - Msconfig - The Windows System Configuration Utility
Before you start a troubleshooting session, you should use the System Configuration utility to initiate a System Restore operation. To do this, click the General tab, and then click Launch System Restore. You can then create a restore point that you can use to restore your computer back to a previous state to undo non-optimum changes. To launch the System Configuration Utility, please perform the following.
- Begin by first clicking on the Start Button.
- Then click on the Run Icon, which will open up the Run Menu for you.
- Locate the white area of the screen next to the word Open: in the Run Menu.
- Now type in Msconfig and then click on the OK button to launch the System Configuration Utility.
- More Information on troubleshooting procedures can be found in the Msconfig Help file.
- With the Configuration Utility opened, click on the Help button at the bottom of the screen.
Note: This Technical Brief Will Work For All Operating Systems Including Windows XP.