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Locating Statup Files in Registry

By heckfire ·
I am trying to locate how files are loading up in my desk tray and are not in the Startup Folder. An example of this is Apple Quicktime keeps loading into my desktray at startup and I cannot locate the settings to discontinue this. Isn't there a place in the registry where you can stop programs from loading?

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by TheChas In reply to Locating Statup Files in ...

Some of these are options from the program settings. It is always best to start there.

In the registry, there are several "run" keys that hold programs that launch at startup.
I search for runonce, then look in the nearby run keys for programs that I wish to disable.

A safer way to disable programs that run at startup is to use msconfig.
I see that you posted this in the Windows 2000 section. Windows 2000 does not come with msconfig. However, you can copy the msconfig files from a W98 or Me system and msconfig will run well on a W2K box.
After starting msconfig, click on the startup tab, and you can see what programs run at startup and disable those you don't want.

Chas

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For Quick Time 6, the setting for the Taskbar Icon is in:
Edit,
Preferences,
Quick Time,
Then, un-check the box next to install Icon in system tray.

Chas

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by Oz_Media In reply to Locating Statup Files in ...

As Chas noted msconfig is easiest.

I have a couple of aftermarket progs. that offer start up file tweaking (IOLO's system mechanic my fav.)but you can download a copy of msconfig for Win XP and Win2k from here if you don't have a win98 disk.

http://tinyurl.com/hu6w

then just run msconfig from th command prompt.

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by Mikel~T In reply to Locating Statup Files in ...

open regedit

go to the following key:

hkey_local_machine\software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

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