If you prefer to use the good old msconfig.exe tool to manage your startup apps, you might be surprised that this feature is not included in Windows 10 and Windows 8 any more. Instead, the new operating systems force you to use the new Task Manager app to manage your startup processes. Not only is the new Task Manager full of issues, but once you restore the classic Task Manager, you need a way to manage startup apps the old way too. In this article, we will see how you can get classic msconfig.exe back in Windows 10 and Windows 8.
To get classic msconfig.exe back in Windows 10 and Windows 8, you need to do the following:
- Download the installer from here: Download msconfig.exe for Windows 10 and Windows 8.
- Unzip and run the exe file.
- Follow the setup wizard. It will install the classic msconfig.exe files in your operating system.
The installer comes with genuine Windows 7 files which are not tampered with. If you are wondering, why it ships with an installer and not just a zip file - the answer is because there needs to be proper multilanguage support (MUI). The installer is made in order to provide the appropriate MUI files automatically.
Note that it will not replace your system files. The classic msconfig will be installed alongside with the new one, so you can use the following trick to switch between msconfigs:
Type the following in the Run box to launch the new one:
Type the following in the Run box to launch the classic msconfig app:
By default, the classic one will be used when you type just 'msconfig' in the Run dialog without specifying a path.
To uninstall it, go to Control Panel - Programs and Features - Select "Classic msconfig" and then click "Uninstall".