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StartEd Lite 5.6.0.0

Inspect and edit your startup programs

by Mike Williams

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 10 April 2017
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Downloads To Date: 133
Developer: Outertech
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StartEd Lite
Inspect and edit your startup programs

StartEd Lite is a free-for-personal-use Windows tool for inspecting and editing the list of your startup programs.

The program opens up with a familiar view of your startup apps: name, command line, the location of the startup entry (hard drive, a particular area of the Registry), whether the file exists, the size of the file.

The list may be colour-coded to identify items which are "Obsolete", "New", "Essential" or a "Trojan Horse", although we didn't see any of these on our test system.

Right-clicking the list displays useful options. You can search for an item online, launch it, create a desktop shortcut, delete it, open the item's containing folder or view its Explorer file properties dialog.

A Services tab has more details on our Windows Services: short name, long name, startup type, status (running or stopped), the standard description, "Notes" (a custom description), dependencies and path.

Our services were colour-coded to highlight which are obsolete, safe to disable, new, important, very important, essential or a "Trojan Horse".

Beware, StartEd's coding is not always accurate. If you notice something marked "Safe to disable", don't take that as anything more than a starting point to investigate it further, and don't turn the service off unless you're sure yourself that it's safe to do so.

Right-clicking a service gives you options to start, stop, pause or restart it, search for it online, open its folder, add a note (a custom description which you'll see later) or view its Explorer file properties.

What you don't get is an option to delete a service or change its startup type, unfortunately.

System Restore integration enables creating a restore point on demand and recalling it later, handy as protection if you make some changes and accidentally break something.

A $19 Pro version also enables backing and restoring your startup settings only. That's normally a better recovery option as using restore points will replace many other settings.

In addition, StartEd Pro claims to detect Trojans in services as well as executables, and it comes licenced for commercial use.

Verdict:

StartEd has been around for years, and now includes plenty of interesting extras that you won't find in most similar products. But don't trust its recommendations completely. The program can give you an idea of which services are important and which aren't, but it's not always accurate. Take StartEd as a starting point for your investigations, and don't disable or remove anything until you're sure on your own that it's safe to do so.

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