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Removing Startup Items located in the registry
By  Super Admin  | Published  02/23/2005 | Usability Page 1 | Rating:
Removing Startup Items located in the registry

Should you decide to prevent specific items from starting up you can uncheck them in the System Configuration Utility. Though this method is fine it is ultimately best to remove them from the source. To access the common registry locations of these items take a look in the following areas:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

 

If you have disabled items in the System Configuration Utility and would like to remove them from the registry also they can be found in one of the following locations:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SharedTools\MSConfig\startupfolder

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg

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  • Comment #1 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Gave me the information I was looking for. Still people need to backup registry before attempting the changes.
     
  • Comment #2 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear and concise. Excellent site. I am learning so many things and the articles are written so anyone can understand them. Great job!!
     
  • Comment #3 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    U R GREAT, THX
     
  • Comment #4 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Entirely sufficient for my question. Good work
     
  • Comment #5 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Very needed information. Trying to get rid of Wintools and TBuninst, two Adware programs that have been giving me nothing but trouble. Thanks a lot!
     
  • Comment #6 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Ambiguous and incomplete. Needs to define the System Config Utility and how to access it; als needs to distinguish between the two groups of registry locations given, to make it clear why they are so grouped.
     
  • Comment #7 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    just what i asked for
     
  • Comment #8 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Clear and concise. Excellent site.
     
  • Comment #9 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Exactly what I was looking for!
     
  • Comment #10 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Used all recommended procedures but still can't remove (or find any) afterdark for xp references. Still getting error popups during windows login about afterdark startup (I removed it because it didn't funstion). Anyone have a better idea?
     
  • Comment #11 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    simply it was good
     
  • Comment #12 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Spot on
     
  • Comment #13 (Posted by Doug Phillips)
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    If they don't know about config files and reg files they should not be trying to change them.
     
  • Comment #14 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Not enough explanation
     
  • Comment #15 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it provided me exact the same i needed.....
     
  • Comment #16 (Posted by noone)
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    Step by step instructions for windows 95 and 2000 users can be found here... http://computing.furman.edu/documentation/95-2000startup.pdf
     
  • Comment #17 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    thank u
     
  • Comment #18 (Posted by ankur)
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    well system32, temp and other important files belonging to such other folders should not be changed/deleted. other files that you see as no necessity to require an auto-startup may be removed comfortably.
     
  • Comment #19 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    whats a prefect idia
     
  • Comment #20 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Cleaned out dad's computer registry fast. I was not sure where to find that registry after it was unchecked. Worked on Windows Vista machine.
     
  • Comment #21 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is tweaking inside out
     
  • Comment #22 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Helped me get rid of unwanted startups. Thanks!
     
  • Comment #23 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    this really released my tension boss thanks a lot boss
     
  • Comment #24 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    >A
     
  • Comment #25 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    #6 doesn't know what he is talking about. This is a good site. Just what I needed. Thank you.
     
  • Comment #26 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Exactly what I needed.
     
  • Comment #27 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It does not tell you what to do with the registry items once you have found them.
     
  • Comment #28 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    it would be really great if just once someone could spell out exactly WHICH start up items can be safely removed-- i cannot believe the above mentioned auto runs are the only safe ones to remove---OR-- perhaps a good list of those programs that should be left alone would be nice--- i know just enough to get me in trouble unfortunately :)
     
  • Comment #29 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    superb...........
     
  • Comment #30 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    This is exactly what I needed. Why do programs install hidden files in my startup folder then make me dissect my computer trying to get rid of them? Thanks for the help.
     
  • Comment #31 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Worked! Thanks a lot!!!!!deleted what i didn't need any longer in the c utility!
     
  • Comment #32 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Assumes you know how to get to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftSharedToolsMSConfigstartupfolde
     
  • Comment #33 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Really EXCELLENT !!! Just what I am searching for & lead me direct right to the actual Registry Path. Many THANKS !!!
     
  • Comment #34 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    It provided me with exactly what i was looking for.
     
  • Comment #35 (Posted by an unknown user)
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    Ya really awesome.. wounderfull.. veryvery helpful....
     
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