Microsoft System Configuration Utility

What Does Microsoft System Configuration Utility Mean?

The Microsoft System Configuration Utility (MSConfig) is a system utility present in Microsoft Windows at startup to troubleshoot any issue or process. It can be used to enable to disable any software, services, boot parameters, device drivers and system controls. MSConfig is now known as System Configuration as its official name in newer versions of Windows.

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Techopedia Explains Microsoft System Configuration Utility

MSConfig was introduced in Windows 98 to deactivate or reactivate software, device drivers or Windows facilities that initialize at the startup process to make it easy for the user to determine the cause of a problem with Windows. The utility comes bundled with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Although the utility was not a part of package in Windows 95 and 2000, it can be downloaded and used for these as well. This tool gained more importance in later versions of Windows with a number of tools, system information log, Internet options and User Account Control.

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