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    Cleaning out 'pesky' registry entries

    Often I've come across the situation of duplicates appearing in the MSConfig Startup list, or old entries from uninstalled software remaining orphaned in the list. Registry cleaning utilities will pick up on these to varying degrees, but always seem to miss something.

    StartMan is a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware utility specifically designed to manage the startup section of the registry, detecting orphaned and duplicate entries, with options to remove them, plus many more features. This can be quite a laborious and error-prone operation if carried out manually.

    StartMan v1.3.96 1.35MB download, 848KB installation.

    Alan

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    Re: Cleaning out 'pesky' registry entries

    Hi Alan:
    You probably already know this, but the duplicate entries found are usually ones that have previously been uninstalled. They're actually under the keys for Run- or Run Services-. I just go to the registry & delete them. PC Magazine used to have free utilities (alas, no more), & they had one called RegEdit+. You could group favorites (such as the Run entries) & quickly edit the keys you needed. By the way, at least in Win 98, there is a duplicate entry that should remain; it's LoadPowerProfile.
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    Re: Cleaning out 'pesky' registry entries

    Phil

    From what I can gather, there are numerous issues at work here. Duplicates can also occur when a program doesn't keep track of its own startup entries very well. For instance, if "run at startup" is disabled through, say, MSConfig rather than the program itself. Next time the program runs it will add another startup registry entry, rather than search for and reset the existing one. Orphans can result from incomplete or incorrect uninstalls.

    This software seems to address lots these issues, and is quite a good resource for startups generally, from what I've read so far.

    Alan

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    Re: Cleaning out 'pesky' registry entries

    While I haven't had that particular problem (probably because I default almost everything to not run on startup), I see your point. You come up with a lot of good utilities. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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