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    startup configuration

    98 SE 4.10.2222
    I have two questions about the System Configuration Utility found under Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Information/Tools.

    1] There are a lot of duplicates and a lot of programs that I never checkmark in the startup list in this Utility. How can I get at it to edit it?

    2] Every time I use the McAfee SecurityCenter it writes its own checkmarks in that list
    All help gratefully received!

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    Re: startup configuration

    You can reach that a lot faster by holding down the Windows key and pressing the "R" key. In the Run box type "msconfig" (no quotes) and hit Enter.

    There are MANY locations that programs can run from. You can "get at" most of them right there in the dialog box -- uncheck the duplicates and the ones that you do not want to start.

    If McAfee feels it must modify your boot sequence and you do not want it to, you may need to consider dumping McAfee... There are 3rd-party programs that can prevent these things from happening -- but that means running something else! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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    Re: startup configuration

    "dumping McAfee" and Big Al I did not say this <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> some one else did <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: startup configuration

    Thank you.
    Two clicks gets me there - I have the System Information lnk on my (fairly full ! ) taskbar.

    I want to edit the startup list because it's more than a screen high and not sortable, so I could inadvertently checkmark (alias tick) the same item twice, and I wanted to have control of the sequence too.

    I'll tackle McAfee's owners, though they are hard to reach.
    All help gratefully received!

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    Re: startup configuration

    I don't know of a program that will alphabetize your startup items. I think you could use DiamondCS's AutoStart Viewer to 'download' them all to a text file, then you could open the text file in Excel and alphabetize it all. Not what you had in mind, but a partial solution...

    As for controlling the sequence -- not likely gonna happen in any tool. First off, the sequence is controlled by exactly where the item is listed. An item in your win.ini file is going to load at a different time than an item in your Current User Run key which in turn will load at a different time than an item in your Startup folder. Additionally, some areas load Synchronously and others don't. Don't expect anyone to make a "startup sequence controlling" tool any time soon.

    If there is a specific item you want to load as late or as early as possible, then you can likely move that item. But re-shuffling all of them is not easily feasible or even desirable. I am sure the order they are loaded is in part by design...

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    Re: startup configuration

    Hi R2

    ...............As for controlling the sequence.............

    Could the applications to be sequentially started, with delays if necessary, be removed from the Startup locations (unless necessary for them to be there), and run using AutoIt, MyRun, or BatchRun. A desktop shortcut could make it possible for a double click to sequentially run the applications, in order, with delays to prevent conflicts.
    I realize it's not making use of the "hands-off" startup features, but it might help organize the way programs start.

    Have a Great day!!!
    Ken
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