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By theword ·
Hi. I have icons in the task bar, on the lower right. They are my network, real player, volume adjust etc.... These are not the quick launch icons.Now some I can disable and remove, but some dont have a selection in the dialog box to remove the icon. How can I find in the registry where to remove these little guys..........
I had the same question the otherday, but I didnt phrase it right, so I didnt get the answer I was looking for..

Thanks Pat

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by nikki96 In reply to ICON

Those are system tray icons. They indicate what programs are currently running. They are there at startup for stuff that starts up when you boot, and also some show up when you open a program.
That is not a registry setting. You need to configure the programs not to start on bootup if you don't want them to.
Look in the programs themselves first for the setting. If you can't find it there, look in your startup folder. Right-click on the taskbar and choose properties. Look in the advanced tab sections.

HTH
Nikki

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by theword In reply to ICON

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by Lizzy In reply to ICON

The volume control can be disabled in the Control Panel usually. Look in the Sounds applet and uncheck the box that says display the control on the taskbar (which --is-- indeed the system tray as in # 1's answer).

Real player's default installation has it running in Startup. You can disable it as #1 says in the program. Lots of these downloadable softwares will do this and you just have to hunt around for the option box to uncheck. You don't want these programs loading until you start them--Real Player, AOL, Earthlink, etc. ISP's that are dial up shouldn't be set to start automatically.

Your network icon would be Novell, I'm guessing? If that is the case, leave it alone unless you're the system administrator. If you are on the network when you start up and log in, this needs to be there.

Your anti virus program should also be running when you have the PC on. Reasons are obvious. You may want to adjust the settings for automatic scans and loosen up how often and how deep the PC is scanned.

To find what else is running at start up, look in Windows Explorer. The path is:

C:\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

This is for Windows 9x systems. You did not say what OS you're running on the workstation.

Programs that could be in startup that can slow down the PC performance are:
MS Find Fast
MS Office
Office Shortcut Bar (this one I usually leave in)

You can safely delete the find fast and ms office as they're just shortcuts to the programs, and not the programs themselves. Also, sometimes find fast causes excessive grinding of A drive.

Best wishes.

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by theword In reply to ICON

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by Alpha-Male In reply to ICON

This is called the "system tray". Depending on your system, these could have been loaded from the autoexec.bat, config.sys, win.ini, system.ini, Windows Registry, Startup folder or Windows NT/2000/XP services.

Since Win2k does not have the MSCONFIG application, you can control what loads there very efficiently with an applet called the Windows 2000 Startup Control Panel. Take a look here for info and a download:

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

Hope this helps! Good luck....

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by theword In reply to ICON

Hi:
Well I kinda of like that little program, but unfortuneatley it really didnt solve the problem. The icon would just pop up on the tray, but I couldnt find the program anywhere?? What I did was to download the uninstall program, and that finally did it. But where do you think that program would be at normally?? Thanks again pat.........

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by reference In reply to ICON

I'm a bit surprised that answer #1 says there is no where in the registry to control this, and that none of the other answers corrected this...
Whether your running win9x, 2000, or XP the registry contains a couple of keys that control programs that run at startup..
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run (also RunOnce, RunServices..etc, depending on O/S)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
With the help of the other answers, and maybe a peek in the registry you should be able to shut down anything that launches at startup. Always remember to be cautious when dealing with the registry!
Good Luck

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by theword In reply to ICON

Hi:
That was helpful, and useful.

Thanks.Pat

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by TheChas In reply to ICON

A combination of answer 2 and 4 is what you are looking for.

If your version of Windows has the msconfig function, you can take care of all of these items from there. (W98, Me, XP)
Just run msconfig from the run dialog box, and on the startup tab, uncheck every program that you want to disable.

Note: Disableing parts of your virus scanner will turn off the virus scanner. So, use extra caution when on-line, or opening files.

I have seen a few programs that hide there launch commands in the old Windows files (autoexec.bat, config.sys, win.ini sys.ini) so if you have a stuburn program, check there too.

Further, some "addware" and "spyware" programs hide as system services.
So run a program such as Lavasoft's AdAware to get ridof them. www.lavasoftusa.com

Chas

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