Starter v5.6.2.9

Midas on 11 Feb 2016
  • 1MB (uncompressed)
  • Released on 17 May 2009
  • Suggested by Enrico Galli

Starter allows you to view and manage all the programs that are started automatically at system startup. You can temporarily disable selected entries, edit them, create new, or delete them permanently. It also lists all running processes with the ability to view extended process information such as used DLLs, memory usage, thread count, priorities etc. You can terminate selected processes or services.

Languages: Supports 22 including French, German, Italiano, Japanese, Portuguese, and Russian,

System requirements: WinXP / Vista / Win7
Writes settings to: Application folder.
Stealth: ? Yes
Unicode support: No
License: Freeware
How to extract:
  1. Download the "Application only" ZIP package and extract to a folder of your choice
  2. Create an empty text file and name it Starter.ini
  3. Launch Starter.exe

Alternatively, after running the application, select Configuration, Options, General. Then under "Location to store settings", select "Program directory".
What's new?
  • Enhanced Windows Vista compatibility.
  • Fixed too aggressive settings saving while swithing between main tabs (Startups, Processes, Services).
  • System memory graph was limited to 2 GB. Fixed.
  • Made large annoing tooltips for startup and service items to appear only at first column of the list.
  • Psapi.dll-related changes.
  • Updated supplied web links (Help\Useful links and context search menu items)
  • Updated NSIS-based installer to the latest version.
  • Other miscellaneous changes.
Translations update
  • New: Japanese
  • New: Serbian (Latin)
  • Updated: Greek (Hellenic)

Further changelog at

7 comments on Starter  The Portable Freeware Collection Latest Entries Feed

webfork 2013-12-29 02:31

Emka: entry updated. This is one of my favorite system programs so I was very happy to get this back online. Although it doesn't list support for it, I had no trouble using it successfully in Windows 7.


Emka 2013-12-17 19:36

website down


portafreeuser 2011-01-10 03:46

Still loving this program. It worked well on Vista, and it still works great on my upgrade (yes upgrade) to XP SP3. I just recently used it to disable some unneeded stuff launching with my partition backup program. thanks.

PortaFreekinMento 2009-12-26 22:57

This application really helped me out a lot. It's also useful for changing junk from Local User to Local Machine (which has certain benefits across profiles). I like how it's really easy to enable|disable stuff and it can be configured to show some stuff that won't show up in the Windows "services" listings. For example, you can see the UDF support process and other stuff like that. A nice program that compliments this one is Win Seizer. With Win Seizer, you can stop the hidden connection tray window for example, which isn't needed if you're not on the internet. Both programs, especially this one, are good for showing stuff that got installed into the boot chain and disabling or modifying it. Also, you can create your own entries, as you like them, if you want something like gMote (for example) to run at boot regardless of whether or not Windows Explorer is running or not. I haven't had any problems with this application. Thanks very much to the author of Starter.exe.

freakazoid 2009-12-07 20:54

A much, smaller alternative to this program is Nir's WhatInStartup:

Webfork 2009-06-19 10:03

A very advanced startup control software that provides an abundance of information on your startup programs. Probably more than the average user will want but power users will be right at home.

Can save some space by deleting non-english LNG files.

a 2007-11-13 18:57

great software, if the website is down. they have mirror websites:, so would be the one to link too.

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