System Configuration Utility overview

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

System Configuration Utility (Msconfig.exe) automates the routine troubleshooting steps that Microsoft Product Support Services technicians use when diagnosing Windows configuration issues. You can use this tool to modify the system configuration through a process of elimination with check boxes, reducing the risk of typing errors.

You can use System Restore to undo harmful changes to your computer. To open System Restore from System Configuration Utility, on the General tab, click Launch System Restore. For more information, click Related Topics.


Microsoft strongly recommends that you do not use System Configuration Utility to modify the Boot.ini file on your computer without the direction of a Microsoft support professional. Doing so may render your computer unusable.

Whats next?

Create a clean environment for troubleshooting

Create a clean environment for troubleshooting

Investigating other possible causes of a problem

Isolate problems using Selective Startup options

Isolate problems using system startup options

Isolate problems using the Startup tab

Identifying problems using system file tabs

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