Servers don't usually suffer from the same problems that
But depending on the server's role, it can be difficult for it to
start quickly if you've installed a lot of software.
Many software packages silently install programs that start
automatically at system boot, using up valuable resources and adversely
affecting system performance. But using the Registry Editor to modify the
startup folders can be time-consuming and somewhat frustrating.
However, Microsoft continues to bundle the venerable System
Configuration utility (Msconfig.exe) with all current versions of Windows, and
that includes Windows Server 2003.
To run this utility, go to Start | Run, type
msconfig, and press [Enter].
In addition to modifying the programs that start at boot,
you can use this utility to quickly change the server's startup parameters. For
example, you can add the /BOOTLOG parameter to the startup process, which
forces the system to write a complete log about what takes place at boot time.
(To enable this feature, select the /BOOTLOG check box on the BOOT.INI tab.)
To enable or disable programs and services from starting at
system boot, select the appropriate options on the Services and Startup tabs.
When you're finished, restart the system for your changes to take effect.