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Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Feb 27, 2009

This novice-friendly tool makes it easy to add or remove programs that load at startup. StartPro's simple file tree and result window interface will be instantly recognizable to any level Windows user. On start, this application helpfully lists startup programs by location in the Registry, startup folder, or in the win.ini file. Toggling a program to load or not takes only a single click in StartPro's program list.

In addition to controlling the startup lists, you can easily click a file to find the program name and path. Sorting all lists by program path or name is quickly accomplished by clicking the appropriate list header. We really like the feature that stores all startup data for any program you delete. Restoring a file to load on startup then takes only a click in the SmartBin.

In addition to helping with startup programs, StartPro makes it easy to start and stop any Windows Service. Context-clicking any service also opens a helpful properties dialog. Intermediate to advanced users will like how well this program replaces Msconfig.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0

General

Release November 8, 2008
Date Added September 22, 2005
Version 2.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 95, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows, Windows NT
Additional Requirements Windows 95/98/NT/2000

Popularity

Total Downloads 41,518
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

StartPro (formerly SmartStart) allows users to add and remove programs located in the Registry, Startup folder, and win.ini file that load during start-up. Features include SmartBin, which saves deleted items for future restoration, and Boot Options, which allows the user to modify settings located in the msdos.sys file. SmartStart also includes support for drag-and-drop and clipboard functions.

Version 2.0 includes added protection against overwriting the msdos.sys file with a malformed msdos.sys, updated menus to properly change after selecting the SmartBin, the addition of contextual menus to SmartBin items, miscellaneous bug fixes, the correction of a major bug that caused StartPro to lock up when used in Windows 2000, and the correction of a bug that prevented StartPro from retaining its window size and position.