System hacks: use the Windows “System Configuration” tool

“System Configuration is one of the useful management tools of Windows 10. We can use the basic functions provided by this tool to achieve such useful tasks as stopping malware from running, boosting command line memory, cleaning multiple system startup menu items, and managing self-starting items.

1. Stop “fishy” software from running

Use the “System Configuration” tool to stop malware from running automatically.

First, search for and launch the System Configuration tool through Cortana. Click on the “Services” tab and select the “Hide all Microsoft services” option to show only the list of third-party application services. Next, exclude the software services installed by the user one by one. If you are not sure about the content of some services, you can search for them online by name. The remaining ones may be malware services of unknown origin, so disable them one by one (Figure 1).


2. Helping to remember common system commands

Although it is convenient to start the software by typing commands, some of them are not easy to remember. In this case, you can ask the “System Configuration” tool to help you find the commands corresponding to certain system tools.

Click on the “Tools” tab, click on the function name in the tool list window, and then check the corresponding command line displayed below to get the exact command corresponding to the system function. For example, “Security and Maintenance” corresponds to the wscui.cpl command, and Event Viewer corresponds to the eventvwr.exe command (Figure 2).


3. Clean up residual system menu items with one click

In order to continue to use Windows 7 while experiencing Windows 10, many users installed a dual system. After a period of time, they found that they no longer need Windows 7 and formatted the partition. However, every time you boot the system afterwards, the Windows 7 option will still appear in the menu. In this case, you can remove the Windows 7 option from the “Boot” tab of the “System Configuration” tool (Figure 3).


4. Flexible control of all system startup items

When Windows starts, the items that automatically start with the system also include some programs installed by users. When resolving some software conflicts, it is necessary to exclude the influence of all self-starting programs. In this case, in the “General” tab of “System Configuration”, select “Load System Services” under “Selective Startup”. In this case, in the “General” tab of the “System Configuration”, select “Load System Services” under “Selective Startup” and cancel the “Load Startup Items” selection to exclude all startup items at once and load only system services, so that there will be no interference from other software when testing software (Figure 4).


If you want to control certain startup items individually, you can go directly to the startup list through the Startup tab to control the operation.

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