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Controling Programs That Load @ Startup

By wsmm ·
It was wasy in Other versions of Windows to find and eliminate programs that loaded at startup. However I have not been able to determine it yet in Windows XP. I have a couple of programs that are loading at startup that I would like to eliminate. I'm not even sure why they are loading. They open up a Window on the desk top and I'm forced to close it. One appears to be a very limited Windows Explorer, it only shows 2 folders.

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Bill

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by mdchrzanowski In reply to Controling Programs That ...

In XP the process is pretty much the same. Clcik Start, Run, and enter "msconfig". Clicking on starup will list all items that start at boot. This list can be modified by removing the checks beside the program you wish to stop.

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by BFilmFan In reply to Controling Programs That ...

I would scan that system for malware/trojans/spyware also just to be safe.

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by BorgInva In reply to Controling Programs That ...

Yes, MSCONFIG (copy this file msconfig.exe over to a W2k PC and it works too) and even check out your services. Go to this site for info on each service in question:
www.blackviper.com

Some FREE startup programs other than MSCONFIG:

http://www.mlin.net/index.shtml
http://www.spywareinfo.com/~merijn/downloads.html
http://nirsoft.cjb.net/

Hope something here helps.

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by razz2 In reply to Controling Programs That ...

The following program is msconfig on steroids:

http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml

It lets you disable, delete, run, or edit common startups, user startups, HKLM/run, HKCU/run, runonce etc.

It is one of my favorites as it comes as and installable version or a stand alone exe. I carry it on a USB drive at all times.

Good Luck,

razz

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