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By Red Dragoon ·
My customer has a Windows 98 machine at home. When starts up the computer, some programs start automatically. However, he looks at the StartUp folder in the Programs menu and it is empty.

He would like to know how to display a list of the programs that are starting automatically and how to disable their automatic startup.

Thanks

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by danpiers In reply to Programs starting automat ...

Most programs loaded at startup are called from the REGISTRY, not the STARTUP folder. To see a list of the programs loaded at startup, reboot the system, then use the CTRL-ALT-DEL key combination to open the CLOSE PROGRAM dialog box. Make a list of the programs displayed. Do not include SYSTRAY or EXPLORER in your list. You do not want to delete these two items! To find the calls to the programs you do want to prevent from loading, start the REGEDIT program from the START/RUN menu. In REGEDIT, use the EDIT menu item, and choose FIND. In the FIND dialog box, type "RUN". Check the KEYS box only (not the VALUES or DATA boxes), then click on FIND NEXT. Look for KEYS that specifically say RUN, RUN-, RUNONCE, RUNSERVICES, RUNSERVICES-, and RUNSERVICESONCE. The DATA in the right-hand panel associated with each of these KEYS represents programs that are getting loaded at startup. When you find a program (that was on your list) that you want to delete, highlight the data (name of the program) and use the DEL key on the keyboard to delete the entry. By deleting the data (names of the programs loaded), you can prevent each program from loading the next time the system is started up. Do one or two programs at a time, then rebootto verify they are no longer getting loaded at startup. Be careful to only delete the data sections. Good luck.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to Programs starting automat ...

msconfig was actually what I was looking for, but I wasn't specific in what I was asking for, so I'll give everyone the points.

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by Kirill Lozovatsky In reply to Programs starting automat ...

Remove a startup application
If you're trying to remove a program and can not find it in the StartUp folder (usually C:\WINDOWS\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp), then it may be launching from one of the registry keys below. To remove it, delete the value associated with the program you want to remove.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit]

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]

It may also be loaded from the [Load] or [Run] sections of your WIN.INI file, found in the Windows directory.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to Programs starting automat ...

msconfig was actually what I was looking for, but I wasn't specific in what I was asking for, so I'll give everyone the points.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Programs starting automat ...

There's a lot of good technical info above, but I would recommend the following:

Click on Start, Run, type msconfig and click OK. When the System Configuration Utility comes up, click on the Startup tab. Here you will see all the stuff that runs and startup, and you can uncheck the ones you want.

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by Red Dragoon In reply to Programs starting automat ...

When I told my customer about msconfig, his eyes lit up. He couldn't remember the command. Thanks for your help!

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