I like WinPatrol (click to download) ... think of it as msconfig with more features and that tells you about all the programs running (if you upgrade from the free version).
Here are some screen shots that might help you understand it better.
Like the Startup tab in msconfig, here are programs that start when your system starts, but one when you right-click one of the great features is to delay the start of some programs for a few seconds (or minutes) ...
Once you move them to the Delayed Start tab, you can adjust the starting time of each. Your system will seem much faster if it's not trying to start a dozen programs at once ...
If you own the Plus Edition (the one you have to pay for) if you double click on any program or service it will bring up a page in your browser describing it and its recommendations. Here's an example, notice they suggest you might want to turn it off ...
I certainly recommend the free version. It doesn't provide you with information on the programs and services running like the Plus edition does, but it does include delayed start and warnings when new things get added to the start-up list. And if it's worth $30 to know what all the things running are, buy the Plus edition, I did.
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