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    Systems Configuration Utility (Home)

    I would like to permanently remove Startup Items from my Startup Tab. I recall doing Registry editing to accomplish this in the past, but do not recall any details.

    Does anyone know where I can get the info?

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    Re: Systems Configuration Utility (Home)

    Startup items are in:

    Cocuments and Settings<username>Start MenuProgramsStartup
    Cocuments and SettingsAll UsersStart MenuProgramsStartup

    and in the following keys in the registry; you can get at them using RegEdit - be very careful, things like your anti-virus software will be in there too, you don't want to remove those!

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVe rsionRun
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentV ersionRun

    There are many utilities that display the startup items and some information about them, for instance Spybot Search and Destroy

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    Re: Systems Configuration Utility (Home)

    Bill-

    You can get some of it here:

    Go to Hkey_Local_Machine", "Software", "Microsoft", "Shared Tools", "MSConfig

    Annoyances.org XP Thread--Removing Items from the msconfig Start Tab

    Utilities to Help:

    Startman1.3.96 An Extended MSCONFIG Startup[/url]
    Additional Startman Info

    Codestuff Starter

    Mike Lin's Startup Control Panel

    Neil Rubenking's of PC Mag-- Startup Cop

    Note: PC Mag has started a yearly subscription service for around $20 to use their downloads, but if you hunt you may find this for free. The link to the article gives you a fair amont of info on impacting the startup tab in the registry.

    SMBP

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    Re: Systems Configuration Utility (Home)

    Bill,

    Besides the good pointers given by HansV & SMBP, another good utility is a favorite of mine. System Mechanic which has am excellent startup utility cleanup. You can disable or delete individual startups & it gives you the same screen type as misconfigstartup.
    It also has a host of other great utilities to clean up the registry (safe) remove bad shortcuts, cleanout junk files, check for duplicate files, etc.There is a 30 day <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> download.

    Another thing to remember is that some programs will replace themselves in the startup string if you have that option checked in their individual program options, so you may have to go into those programs to uncheck the load at startup box or a similarly named option.

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    Re: Systems Configuration Utility (Home)

    Bill--

    I ran accross this free chapter in an old post:

    Lounge Thread: Windows XP: Troubleshooting XP Startup Free Chapter from the MS Press Windows XP Resource Kit: 29 June 2003.

    System Mechanic that Bob recommended stands out from a number of utilities that evoke the "mechanic keep your systems in tip top shape" on their titles and boxes and is a useful, worthwhile utility.

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    Re: Systems Configuration Utility (Home)

    Thanks to all for the good advice and directions. I found I could do what I needed to do by finding the correct Start Up folder and deleting the offending executable. It also reminded me that I do have some unwanted extra Start Up folders in some obscure locations, but that's for another day.

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