The System Configuration tool, or MSConfig, on Windows can help you troubleshoot and fix problems with the startup process. It allows you to decide whether to start any services with your computer or enter Safe Mode to remove harmful or conflicting programs that are preventing your PC from starting normally. However, This important tool can be difficult to access if you don’t know where to find it.
For your convenience and ease, We’ve put together this post summarizing the six best ways to quickly access the System Configuration tool (MSConfig) on your Windows 11 PC.
1. Access MSConfig using the Run Dialog.
The Run utility is a very useful tool built into Windows that allows you to run any program or command on your computer.
Here’s how you can access the System Configuration tool (MSConfig) using Run:
Step 1: Press the Windows + R shortcut to open the Run dialog.
Step 2: Click the text box and type. msconfig. Then press Enter to launch the System Configuration tool.
2. Access MSConfig using Task Manager.
Task Manager lets you view programs running on your computer; Allows you to monitor system resources and even control programs to evaluate performance.
Here’s how you can access the System Configuration tool (MSConfig) using Task Manager:
Step 1: Press the Windows + X keys to open the Power User Menu and select Task Manager.
Step 2: Click the ‘Run new task’ button in the Task Manager window.
Step 3: When the Create new task dialog appears, Enter it. MSConfig Press Enter on the keyboard in the text field.
3. Access MSConfig using File Explorer.
File Explorer makes it very easy to manage files and folders on your Windows PC. However, Its function is not limited to managing files.
Here’s how to access MSConfig using File Explorer.
Step 1: Press the Windows + E keys on your keyboard to open File Explorer.
Step 2: In the File Explorer window that opens, click and type in the address bar. msconfig. Then press Enter on your keyboard.
Then, The System Configuration (MSConfig) window appears on your computer’s screen.
Windows administrative tools basically organize a list of useful tools and utilities into a folder so that system administrators and advanced users can easily access them from one place.
Event Viewer Along with Task Scheduler and other advanced tools, You can use the same folder to access the System Configuration tool (MSConfig) on your computer. How to do that?
Step 1: Press the Windows + R keys together to access the Run tool.
Step 2: In the Run dialog that appears, type Control admintools.. Then click OK.
Step 3: When a File Explorer window opens on the screen; Double-click System Configuration.
Then the System Configuration (MSConfig) dialog will appear on the computer screen.
5. Access MSConfig using Command Prompt or PowerShell.
You can also access the System Configuration tool (MSConfig) using Command Prompt (CMD) or PowerShell. All you have to do is run a simple command as detailed in the steps below.
Step 1: Press Windows + S keys to search and type. Command Prompt Or PowerShell. When both appear, Click ‘Run as Administrator’ to run them with administrative rights.
Step 2: Click Yes when User Account Control (UAC) appears.
Step 3: In the Command Prompt or PowerShell window that appears, type the following characters and press Enter.
Then, You should see the System Configuration (MSConfig) window appear on your computer screen.
6. Access MSConfig by creating a Keyboard Shortcut.
There are always other ways to get things started on your PC; But a good keyboard shortcut may not be ready.
Here’s an easy way to create a custom keyboard shortcut to access the System Configuration tool (MSConfig) on your Windows 11 PC.
Step 1: Right-click anywhere on the desktop to open the context menu. Then click on New and then click on Shortcut.
Step 2: Copy and paste the following path into the text box. Then click Next.
Step 3: Click the text box and click the shortcut name. Then click Finish.
Step 4: Right-click on the newly created Windows Terminal shortcut to open the context menu. Then click Properties.
Step 5: In the Windows Terminal Properties dialog that appears, Click the white box next to ‘Shortcut Key:’ and press Ctrl + Alt + (any letter or number). Then click Apply and OK to save the changes.
For this guide, I used the Ctrl + Alt + M shortcut to launch the System Configuration tool (MSConfig).
After successfully following the above steps to create a custom keyboard shortcut to launch MSConfig. No matter what application is running in the background, you can start it immediately.
Quick Access to MSConfig in Windows 11
You can use the methods above to easily open the System Configuration tool (MSConfig) on your Windows 11 computer and manage the apps and services that start on your PC or access various boot options.