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    Hi -


    Am trying to eliminate some startup programs.
    DESKTOP desktop.ini NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Startup
    DESKTOP desktop.ini D1C6KR61\[name]r Startup
    DESKTOP desktop.ini .DEFAULT Startup
    DESKTOP desktop.ini All Users Common Startup

    Also wondering about various HKLM/SOFTWARE
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    Donít know why multiple listing, or if even one should be maintained???

    A second PC (both Dells) doesnít list any of the above in its startup. Can they be safely disabled from the PC that lists them?

    Thank you.

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    I got so fed up with all the stuff that started on my XP home, I got crazy and "disable all" in the startup (msconfig) screen.
    The only " bad" result was some pictures in my Photoshop program disappeared from the My Documents Pictures files.
    I went back to Photoshop, retrieved the files, made new folders, and put them back in the Pictures section of My Documents.
    I got nervous about losing other files, so relented and went back to starting only the Run32.dll part of the start up, and
    so far, it looks like things have gotten back to normal.

    The good thing about this msconfig screen is that you can easily undo whatever you do by going back and changing what
    you want to start up, and it will all come back. So, I suggest you get brave, and give it a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uncle View Post
    Am trying to eliminate some startup programs.
    DESKTOP desktop.ini NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM Startup
    DESKTOP desktop.ini D1C6KR61\[name]r Startup
    DESKTOP desktop.ini .DEFAULT Startup
    DESKTOP desktop.ini All Users Common Startup

    Also wondering about various HKLM/SOFTWARE
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    I'd leave the .ini files alone. You can use a tool such as Autoruns for Windows to manage what starts when you boot. Use the "Logon" tab. Leave everything else alone. You can temporarily disable items and then if your PC is OK after a period of time then permanently delete them. Or easily restore an item if you need it.

    Joe
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    I'd also go through all your installed software to determine what is setting itself up to start at "startup" and
    reconfigure them not to, if possible.

    JV Power tools has a "startup" feature that gives more detail on os specific startup files with options
    to show or hide certain types.
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    Thank you all. Will look into all your suggestions.

    Uncle

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