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    Startup programs in Vista (Vista Ultimate)

    Before upgrading to Vista, I used to use the old tried and true "Startup Cop" to configure which programs I wanted to run at startup. I assumed that this old faithful program wasn't going to be compatible in Vista so I didn't install it. But today I upgraded a program which now runs on startup by default with no options to not allow it to do so. In the older versions during the install you were given the option to not allow it to run on startup. So, out of curiosity I consulted Vista's "Help" and it said that program startups are now controlled from within "Defender". This feature has a very nice GUI and includes the option to: "Disable", "Enable" and "Remove" any of the programs that currently run at startup which appear in a list on the left.

    Here's how to access the feature:

    <UL><LI>Open Windows Defender
    <LI>Click on "Tools" at the top on the Menbar
    <LI>Click on "Software Explorer"
    <LI>Choose the program(s) you want to work with[/list]Jeff
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    Re: Startup programs in Vista (Vista Ultimate)

    Windows Defender is not specific to Windows Vista - it has been available for Windows XP and Windows 2003 for some time, as successor to Microsof AntiSpyware.

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    Re: Startup programs in Vista (Vista Ultimate)

    <hr>Hans replied:
    Windows Defender is not specific to Windows Vista - it has been available for Windows XP and Windows 2003 for some time, as successor to Microsof AntiSpyware.<hr>
    True, true.... and I didn't mean to imply that Defender was specific to Vista. If what I wrote gave that impression, then I do apologize. My intent was to point out that at least in Vista, Defender has a utility to configure startup programs. The "old" way was to go to Run and type in "msconfig", click on the "Starup" tab in the dialog box that opened and configure the programs there. I simply found the GUI in Defender to be much friendlier and it has more options. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Startup programs in Vista (Vista Ultimate)

    As a new owner of a new Compaq Presario with Vista (02/27), I'm still wandering around like a lost child. Then I happened to change the dates for topics (after removing the ME from my Favorites in Controls and adding Vista)...lol and behold...I saw this post! The info re WDefender>SoftwareExplorer helped me immensely. BTW, my emachines w/ME was finally dying after nearly 7 years of pleasure...poor HDD, may you rest in peace in the back spareroom.
    Thank you.

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    Re: Startup programs in Vista (Vista Ultimate)

    Your post fails to mention that this is only the first of four selections available under Software Explorer. Most of us may not have much use for the Winsock selection, but the others may be handy.

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