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disable startup items

By acegamer68 ·
I just upgraded to windows 2000 and am just learning how to use it.My question is this.Could anyone tell me how to disable items that start when the computer is turned on.2000 does not have msconfig like 98se did and I am stumped.

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by TheChas In reply to disable startup items

If you still have access to a W98 box, you can copy over the files for msconfig and it will work just fine.

Otherwise, try some of the startup utilities posted at

Or, you can edit the registry manually.

Look in the following key for programs that run at startup:


Don't ignore the runonce and other run keys nearby.


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by SyscoKid In reply to disable startup items

You can get a copy of msconfig.exe here:

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by OTL In reply to disable startup items

You could always just get tweakui.exe (freeware). Gives you lots of startup options.

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by jmw In reply to disable startup items

If you download SPYBOT SEARCH & DESTROY you not only get a great free anti-SPYWARE program, it also has a set of tools that comes with it and one of them lets you set your startup options.

This is where you can get SPYBOT SEARCH & DESTROY.

I highly recommend this program to keep you free of spyware.

BTW, there are a number of other SPYBOT programs out there and you must be careful which one you get because some of them do remove spyware but they also install their own spyware.

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by jireland607 In reply to disable startup items

if you type 'msinfo32' in the run box, this will bring up all of your systems information.

Under - Software Environment - Startup Programs. You will see a list of all programs that are executed on startup. Unfortunately this does not offer a method of switching them off, but by using the filename/path you can move or rename them.

Also, if you search the registry you will find the filenames listed in a 'run' directory, (you might find several instances of the same program) You could remove these entries. Remember to back up the registry before making changes and when removing keys, export them first so you can restore them easily.

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by CLIFFL In reply to disable startup items

There is a nice little program called WINPATROL with this you can either disable or delete startup programs, there is an info button which gives you more info. Try it, works a treat.

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