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We like the functionality of this program, which gives you a fine degree of control over the applications that launch at Windows start-up. You can choose which ones start, change the start-up sequence (useful for letting smaller programs launch before the big, slower applications), and set delays between application launches. Though Startup Faster 2004 may cut down your start-up time, the gain isn't dramatic. In our tests, Windows took 10 percent less time to start up. More tinkering may produce better gains and a lot will depend on how many programs you have set to automatically launch. The interface is clear. We like the help tips that appear when you mouse over elements of the interface, and it's convenient to be able to access the properties of a start-up item by right-clicking. If your system launches multiple applications at start-up, this program will help you fine-tune it and may gain you some boot-up speed.