A component of Microsoft Windows

Screenshot of MSConfig in Windows 8
Other names System Configuration
Microsoft System Configuration Utility
Type System utility
Included with Windows 98
Windows ME
Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
All versions of Windows Server
Also available for Windows 95
Windows 2000

MSConfig (officially called System Configuration in Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10 Microsoft System Configuration Utility in previous operating systems) is a system utility to troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows startup process. It can disable or re-enable software, device drivers and Windows services that run at startup, or change boot parameters.

It is bundled with all versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems since Windows 98 except Windows 2000. Windows 95 and Windows 2000 users can download the utility as well, although it was not designed for them.


often used for speeding up the Microsoft Windows startup process of the machine. According to Microsoft,[1] MSConfig was not meant to be used as a startup management program.


MSConfig is a troubleshooting tool which is used to temporarily disable or re-enable software, device drivers or Windows services that run during startup process to help the user determine the cause of a problem with Windows.

Some of its functionality varies by Windows versions:[2]


  1. "Using System Configuration (MSConfig)". Microsoft. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  2. Larsen, Larry; Richards, Andrew; Beeder, Chad (27 August 2012). "Defrag Tools: #5 - Autoruns and MSConfig". MSDN Channel 9. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  3. "Using Msconfig in Windows 7". Solvusoft. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  4. The 906569 update adds the Tools tab to the System Configuration utility in Windows XP Service Pack 2

Further reading

  1. "System Configuration Utility overview". Microsoft Windows XP Professional Product Documentation. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
  2. "Using System Configuration". Windows Vista Help. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. "How to troubleshoot configuration errors by using the System Configuration utility in Windows (Revision 4.5)". Microsoft Support. Microsoft Corporation. 26 November 2007. Retrieved 29 April 2011. 
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