Offhand, I wouldn't know (how many, and the names of) all of the programs/files that Windows uses to launch itself --- when you start-up in Safe Mode, you may actually see a list of these "flying by" quickly.
WinPatrol would NOT want to include all these, lest someone --- naïvely thinking they could "optimize" their boot-up --- disable them all, only to find out that the system would not boot-up again.
In saying that most of these programs won't appear in Scotty's standard
Start-Up listing, I was alluding to the fact that WinPatrol also offers an option on the Start-Up list to "Display Secret Startup Locations (Advanced Mode)
". Checking that box will reveal SOME of the Windows files, such as Explorer.exe
. Windows Explorer
(NOT to be confused with Internet Explorer) "manages the Windows Graphical Shell including the Start menu, taskbar, desktop, and File Manager
" --- if you were to remove/disable it, you'd kill the Graphical Interface to Windows!
Do you need a Ph.D to use WinPatrol? No. But yes, when it comes to deciding which programs you can safely remove from StartUp, you either need to research each one on your own, or rely on competent helpers.
In fact, there are some websites that are dedicated just to the questions of: What does this program do, and is it safe to remove from StartUp. My favorite is (was?) "PacMan's Portal", but as I test it now, the link is not resolving. I don't know if this is a temporary condition, or if something happened to it. If still available, the link is http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_search.php
Another good reference list can be found at http://www.hijackfree.com/en/processlist/
Try scrolling through there, and you may be impressed by how long it is! (Thus, my allusion to "book-length listings". PacMan's list, if still available, is massively longer.)
I'm sure other members here can offer additional links to their own favorite online databases.
I've chosen to mention these external databases for the sake of those people who use [only] the FREE version of WinPatrol. For those who have purchased the PLUS version, you can search WinPatrol's own database of common programs: For example, from its StartUp tab, move your cursor to select/highlight any program, RIGHT-click, and select PLUS Info. That will give you a description of the program and its usage, from which YOU can decide what you want to do with it. Many "common" programs are listed. But less common ones --- and often those that are specifically OEM-Manufacturer related --- may not be listed.
Is it a simple task to sort through all of this information? No. But if you take the time, it should be worth your while.