suggested this on September 16, 2011 11:05 am
I don't need connectify all the time. . .usually when travelling etc.
Can you set the software to allow:
1. Disable of Connectify for Windows startup
2. Connectify Windows Service (should be started only when connectify is started.
I un-installed the app because I don't need it for every day use.
I agree. Adding those options would be convenient.
Here's how you can manually do it:
1) Click the Start button or Windows button, type msconfig and press enter. (Click run before typing if on XP.)
2) Go to the Startup tab and uncheck Connectify. Click OK and reboot if you need to restart Windows.
If you only want to prevent the Connectify app from running when you start Windows, you're done.
To prevent the service from running automatically when Windows starts:
Go to Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Services
Double-click the Connectify service and change the Startup type from Automatic to Manual. Click OK.
I'm pretty sure it used to have this option. Then they decided to add bloat and start nagging for cash. Why on earth would I pay for this when I can buy a wireless router for £2 from a car boot sale? I expect some random browser toolbar will find it's way into the next version too.
I refuse to have any program installed that runs on startup but doesn't have this option.
By default, Connectify will launch itself everytime you start your PC. To disable it do this:
Go to Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools and select System ConfigurationClick on the Startup tabUncheck Connectify
msconfig (the program mentioned in one post, or System Configuration for its pretty sounding name) is not meant for startup control, per http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Using-System-Configuration and several other tech references. Doing so can cause registry problems, particularly during upgrades. Connectify, we should not have to be talking about doing this: please add the option to disable at startup within your program, or add yourself to All Programs/Startup, with the service being started when the program is starting up.
I would also like to request this (pretty standard) feature or at least get official word from Connectify on how best to install and use windows services or msconfig to allow for manual startup only.
My family has three computers and sometimes one of us is on first, so that one plugs in the android and starts a hot spot. So the other two computers have connectify running. Recently I found an annoying double connectify loop on: there were two connectify hotspots available: one from the computer with the android tethered the other just having connectify running. After hours of messing with it, I finally removed connectify from the client computer and got it connected. This issue could have been avoided by not having connectify automatically start up.
You can do this yourselves, it's not that complicated nor is it risky if you just do the following:
@echo offnet start "Connectify"start "" "C:\Program Files (x86)\Connectify\Connectify.exe"timeout 10
@echo offtaskkill /im Connectify.exenet stop "Connectify"timeout 10
That's it. When you want to start Connectify, run the "Connectify - Start.bat" batch file. If you want to stop Connectify, run the "Connectify - Stop.bat" or reboot.
Note that the path to Connectify.exe in the batch file is the default path, you may need to modify if you changed it during install. The timeout command exists in each batch file so you can confirm the output of the commands before the window closes to ensure it's working.
Manny, we're aware of ways around it, and your scripts are a nice addition to that. However, it is troublesome if you forget to re-enable the service during upgrades; you can end up with duplicate services and registry items if their upgrade scripts check for whether the service is running rather than if the service exists and has been disabled. This has happened to me. Also, they can implement these changes with just a bit more effort than it takes to disable the service, edit the registry (or do it through msconfig) and create these scripts, and is a lot more courteous of novice users who don't know how to create batch scripts. So we'll continue requesting that they make this change.
I forgot to mention, I had done the registry change method myself when I encountered the upgrade problem. It and the msconfig method do fundamentally the same thing.
Agreed it would be a nice feature. This solution works for me, I'll continue to use it in the meantime and deal with any upgrade issues if they arise.
Couldn't find this thread the first time I checked the knowledge base, so I emailed Connectify support asking how to prevent it running on Windows startup, since I am not allowed to use it in the office. No reply from support, then I found this thread - thanks all.
Connectify - please add this as an option in the program so we don't waste time looking for it. Also bear in mind that some people do not have admin rights to change their registry settings. Please make it easy for us!
I have to add my support for this feature. It really can't be a big deal to include this. True, I've done the hacks in this thread (what foxed me for a long time was that Connectify also runs as a service and you can't see it!), but it really shouldn't be necessary to hack to do this. The reason I don't want Connectify running at all times is really quite simple: 1) It uses up resources and does slow down my PC - no big deal, but if I don't need it I don't want it to run 2) I don't always want the fact that I'm running an AP broadcast - please let me decide when it gets switched on
Yes it's really a miss even though doing it through MSCONFIG is easy and riskless.
But I also wonder why connectify team doesn't want to communicate with us ?
Just Click on
1.) Tray Icon2.) Settings3.) Start Hotspot / Stop Hotspot
I'm now uninstalling Connectify because of this.
I also would need this option. I only need connectify when i'm on business trips with my laptop. At work itself it is actually not allowed to use software like this. And as already mentioned here before: isn't this standard for any serious software.
I use this when I'm on the road and don't want to carry around a wireless router. I know they have some small travel sized ones, but it's still something else to keep in my bag. Like many others, I don't need it a majority of the time and in many work environments they don't like people extending their internet connection to other devices.
I'm more than capable of the work around, but a cleaner interface solution would be preferable. At least make it available in the paid version.
I'm about to uninstall Connectify as it really annoys me that i canst stop it starting up automatically for no good reason when I;m not traveling and needing it on the road in a hotel. When I need it it;s really great but it drives me crazy that after so many nudges and requested they refuse to fix this. Clearly they want it running in our tray full time but that's disrespectful to the users -w e should have a choice as whether we run it or not and not have to fiddle with turning off services etc.
My computer isn't that fast either, so I hate every program / service which starts up automatically, although I only need it once in a while! Until this is solved, I will diable it within services and msconfig, but I also don't like that solution much, as it would be much smoother (updates, registry entries...) to actually have an option to disable it within Connectify! And hey folks: Nobody will pay for that if it starts up automatically and isn't used that often, but rather people will uninstall it!
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