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    Accessing Vista Start menu folder

    Hi,

    I have Vista on a ThinkPad with several Users on the machine.

    When I log into Admin and try to access the Start Menu folder under Admin to remove some startup items I am told, "Access is denied".

    How can I get access to this folder to change the startup options?

    Am I looking in the right place for startup programs, which are initiated on startup for the User?

    Thanks in advance.

    Peter Moran

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    I believe your answer is here (check post #3):

    http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/foru...lder-in-vista/

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    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply.

    Will check the url in the next day or so.

    Thanks again.

    Peter Moran

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    Use <start> type in : msconfig.exe <enter>.>>configuration menu opens <startup> tab.
    Disable as required or desired.

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    Try this:

    1. Click on Start then, in the Search programs and files dialog type Explorer.
    2. When Search finds Windows Explorer, right-click on Windows Explorer and choose Run as administrator.
    3. Click on the Yes button to allow AUC to make changes.
    4. In the new Explorer window which appears, click on Computer in the left pane.
    5. In the Organise menu, select Folder and search options in the dropdown list.
    6. Click on the View tab.
    7. Select the Show hidden files, folders and drives option.
    8. Remove the tick from the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) checkbox then confirm and apply the changes.
    9. Double-click on Local Disk ( C: ).
    10. For the All Users startup folder, navigate to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu\Program s\Startup. Alternatively, navigate to C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu\Programs\Startup (it's the same folder but using symbolic links to get to it).
    11. For individual users' startup folders, navigate to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\StartMenu\Progr ams\Startup.

    Remember to turn the Folder and search options back when you've finished otherwise you'll be left with semi-hidden desktop.ini files on the Windows desktop.

    If all this seems to be a lot of trouble... it is! I just use Nir Sofer's WhatInStartup. Run it as Administrator (it doesn't need to be installed) and you can delete, disable or create new Startup items, including entries in either common or user startup folders.

    whatinstartup.jpg
    Click picture to enlarge

    Hope this helps...
    Last edited by Rick Corbett; 2014-02-28 at 09:53.

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