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By careermov ·
I would welcome a definitive answer to the problem (in Win 95) of delays and conflicts from the 20+ programs that run-in-the-background. I can close them, temporarily, thru the Desktop, Control/Alt/Delete, BUT I can't seem to: Select the ones to display in the SysTray, and keep in the background only Explorer, and Systray, and whatever others are required so as not to foul up tomorrow's boot-up with waiting to run ScanDisk? I've read many magazine and newspaper squibs on this--but they're all superficial, incomplete, and don't really answer the question. Any help appreciated.

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by fletcherkd In reply to reducing automatic star- ...

you could try running the command MSINFO32 in the run box and look at the system config. utility under the tools.

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by cutterz In reply to reducing automatic star- ...

Win 95, unlike 98 has no easy way to stop the background apps found with a c/a/d. If they are not in the Startup Group...

The best you can do is search the registry for the apps, one at a time, and delete any reference to them. A good place to start is in regedit:
_current_user, Software, Microsoft, Windows, CurrentVersion, Run and Runonce

Make a registry backup in case you want one back.

Jim

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by Bill Cassada In reply to reducing automatic star- ...

What 20+ programs are you referring to?? My advice is to clear your startup folder and see if that solves your problem. As far as TSR (terminate and stay resident) programs such as a virus protection program running in the systray, there are different methods for each program to disable the auto-start mode. I would have to know exactly what programs you are talking about to be of further assistance. You also speak of fouling the boot....what do you mean?? ScanDisk should not be hindered byany such programs unless they start AFTER scandisk does. You can execute scandisk in your autoexec.bat file so that it runs before windows starts if you like.

Let me know.......

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by TxITGuy In reply to reducing automatic star- ...

What the other's have said is accurate, but you asked for a definitive answer, so....

Windows can store startup commands for programs in 5 different locations.
1. win.ini (in C:\Windows)
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[windows]
load=
run=...
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2. Autoexec.bat
3. Winstart.bat (or maybe .ini), but this one is rarely used.
4. The startup group.
5. The registry
* HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\Run
* KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\Run
* HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\Run
* the preceding key may also appear as:
HKEY_USERS\username\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\Run
for each user that has a profile set
up on your computer.
If everything is working properly, the key below will not generally have any assigned values, but it never hurts to look:
* HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RunOnce
* HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RunOnce
* HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RunOnceEx
* HKEY_USERS\DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RunOnce
*and, as before, you may find:
HKEY_USERS\username\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT WINDOWS\CURRENTVERSION\RunOnce
for each user with a profile set up on
your computer.

By adding and removing entries in these locations, you can change whatprograms start when you boot your computer.

config.sys and system.ini also run things on startup, but these files are for device drivers.

Note: DO BACK UP these files (especially your registry) before you make any attempt to modify them. Mistakes, especially in the registry, can prevent your system from booting normally...or at all. It would also be a good idea to make a DOS system disk.

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