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deleting a program from windows boot?

By mobpappy ·
I need to delete the reference to a nonexistant pogram from windows 98se when it boots.

My neice has lived with this error message for a few years. I can't reinstall it, because I don't know what it is. What file regulates what boots with windows.

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deleting a program from windows boot?

by SyscoKid In reply to deleting a program from w ...

What's the error?

Windows looks at the Startup folder, win.ini, and some registry entries at boot.

Try this. Click Start, Run, type msconfig and click OK. Go to the Startup tab, locate the errant program, and uncheck it.

If you can't determine what it is, uncheck everything but systray and Explorer. Restart. Rerun msconfig, and check off one program, and restart. Keep doing it till you get the error message. The last thing you checked is the culprit, so go back and uncheck it.

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by SyscoKid In reply to deleting a program from w ...

If it were me, I wouldn't go deleting whole folders in the registry unless I was sure what I was doing. My way may be slow, but it's safer for the average user. :)

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by mobpappy In reply to deleting a program from w ...

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deleting a program from windows boot?

by Alpha-Male In reply to deleting a program from w ...

There are several files involved in this. You can run msconfig to take a look at the startup programs, the config.sys, autoexec.bat, etc. Most likely, the program is buried in the registry or perhaps the win.ini file.

If you go under start, run and type regedit you can search for it in the registry. If you are not comfortable or familiar with editing your registry ask for help...you can wreck your system if you're careless. Depending on what it is, you may simple be able to delete the references to it in the registry...but before you do that, do a little research on what it is and why you're getting the error.

If you list the error message, perhaps we can help further by letting you know where it originated. This may offer further insight to where it is being loaded.

Hope this helps!

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deleting a program from windows boot?

by Mike (from Canada) In reply to deleting a program from w ...

Thats a long time to see the same error LOL

To make things easy, carry out the following steps.

1.) Click on Start, Click on Run, then in the white box, type regedit and press enter.

2.) Double click the following in this order: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion.

Now click on RUN. Listed on the right are programs that load when windows starts. Delete the program listed in the error message or delete the whole folder by clicking on RUN, pressing DELETE,and choosing YES.

Do the same with the RUNONCE, RUNSERVICES and the RUNSERVICESONCE folders as well (if they exist).

Now open WIN.INI (in C:\windows folder) in notepad and search for RUN= and LOAD= lines. Anything after the equals will load when windows starts. Delete whatever is necessary.

You can also right click the start button then choose open. Double click Programs then double click startup. Whatever you see is what will load at startup.

Good luck.

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deleting a program from windows boot?

by TheChas In reply to deleting a program from w ...

Since the PC is running W98SE, the safest way to deal with the problem is to run msconfig from the run dialog box on the start menu.

Then, click on the startup tab, and uncheck the appropriate program.

Once you verify what program is causing the problem, just delete it from startup.

Chas

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by peter In reply to deleting a program from w ...

just download a startup-manager like System Mechanics from www.download.com and see what that provides you for information on starting programs.

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