Why I should never launch and use the system configuration utility.
On Tuesday morning, (while trying to uninstall a program that was starting up every time, and therefore totally not uninstalling like it should,) I decided to be brave, and launch the system configuration utility. This has the list of everything that starts up when the computer boots, (among other things.) So, I went in there, and unchecked the program that I didn’t want to start up. What I didn’t realize until about a day and a half later, was that apparently, I also unchecked something associated with JAWS, or my sound settings, or something like that. OK, so I’ve used the system configuration utility once before, (when I was running windows xp, and I just happened to be living at my parent’s house,) so I knew that it might do something weird, (like launch again on boot), without bringing up JAWS. But, I was like whatever, it should be easy enough to get past it. What I didn’t realize, was that after I put it in selective startup, the system was actually booting… with one big exception, JAWS didn’t appear to be starting, (I was trying to uninstall avast antivirus, which I installed because even after scanning with 2 other antivirus programs, I thought I was infected, so I wanted a 3rd opinion.) I had a friend come over yesterday and help me fix the computer. I ended up having to go back into system configuration, and putting it back into normal startup, which worked fine! Avast? it’s still starting up, and I haven’t uninstalled it yet.