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Clean Up MSCONFIG

By BorgInva ·
How do I removed old, useless entries (not programs) in MSCONFIG's "start up" tab? There are a bunch of entries from programs long uninstalled. Using 4 regestry cleaners did not help. Can you?
I am not looking to disable programs starting up, but to remove the left over entries of programs in the start up tab. For example, I do not need 7 entries of unblocked "AOL Tray" boxes. I need to remove these entries themselves.

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by fred07 In reply to Clean Up MSCONFIG

Hi and BACKUP YOUR DATA BEFORE STARTING THIS.
You need to regedit all AOL registry.
BACKUP THE REGISTRY ALSO BEFORE DOING REGEDIT
I would take the time and BACKUP ALL DATA and do a full format and reinstall everything.
Make sure you have the MB install disk for those functions and all driver disks for your add on cards.
A pain I know, as I do mine that way every 6 months come rain or shine.
I hope this helps you.
fred

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by BorgInva In reply to Clean Up MSCONFIG

Sorry. Not formatting anything. I do not believe in formatting to fix something small. I have not formatted in 5 years, and all my machines are as squeeky clean as they can get (with all the programs I have and skills I got), until say I need to know how to do this : remove invalid startup entries in MSCONFIG.
Sorry.

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by TheChas In reply to Clean Up MSCONFIG

As fred said, you need to edit the registry.

CAUTION: improper use of regedit can disable your PC.

The entries for the disabled startup items are in the run- keys.
In regedit, use the search option in the edit menu, and search for runonce
Near each runonce will be the run and run- keys.
The run key contains shortcuts for items that run at startup.
The run- key has the shortcuts for your disable startup items. It is safe to delete the items in the run- key.

The reason I search on runonce, is that it speeds up the search process. run shows up in a number of places. Where runonce only shows up in the area of the keys you need to edit to clear the disabled startup items.

Chas

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by BorgInva In reply to Clean Up MSCONFIG

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh......................

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by dmiles In reply to Clean Up MSCONFIG

To permanently remove the unchecked entries, Backup the registry and/or export the following keys: go to Start>Run, type regedit. Navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices- and delete the entres in the right pane.

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by BorgInva In reply to Clean Up MSCONFIG

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh......................

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by lwt In reply to Clean Up MSCONFIG

Open the registry with regedit. See if you can find the key \HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig. Under that should be two subkeys, startupfolder and startupreg. Every subkey under these two subkeys should be entries in the System Configuration Utility/ Startup tab that have been unchecked. You can delete these subkeys, but backup your registry first (or just the particular branch of the registry that you are changing. Good luck.

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by BorgInva In reply to Clean Up MSCONFIG

This method works for XP , not 98 SE (not on mine anyway), but it so happens I also have a XP system that needs its MSCONFIG cleaned. I found this method on my own last night, but I shall throw you points as well for a proven and valid answer.

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