How to use the MS Configuration Utility to Disable, Remove an Entry to Troubleshoot an Issue!
This will show you how to use the MS Configuration Utility startup file to first, disable an entry to sort out if that is the one causing the issue at system startup / shut down and to remove the entry later if you choose for any number of reasons.
Disabling certain OEM entries from the startup file may cause some factory installed programs and applications to not function correctly. Also removing entries from the Windows registry may disable the PC completely.
If you have any concerns regarding the methods set fourth here, please post a question in this same thread and someone will be glad to help you.
Let's get started! 1)
As a precaution it would be a good idea to create a "System Restore Point" before you start this, the tutorial can be found at the link below. System Restore Point - Create
In the Windows start menu search box type "msconfig" (without the quotes) then right click the entry and select "Run as Administrator", enter your user credentials for the UAC prompt and click yes. In the window that opens, select the "startup" tab. Attachment 60135Attachment 60136
2) Disable an Entry
Now what we want to do is disable only one entry at a time, if we do more than one we won't know which entry is causing the trouble. We'll use my RivaTuner entry, as you can see I've removed the tick from the box, in essence doing this makes RivaTuner not able to "autostart" when the PC is started and in turn if that entry were causing an issue when the PC is started / shutdown I would know that is the one causing the issue and I could take appropriate measures to remedy the situation.
Now go through your entries one at a time, with a PC restart between each one to find the one acting up, when you find it you can just leave it disabled for later use (trial and error) or you can do as in "Option Two" below and remove the entry alltogether; see the Warning above
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3) Remove an Entry
Let's use my RivaTuner again, in the "msconfig" window I'll click the RivaTuner entry to highlight it and then I'll hover over the "Location" with the mouse cursor to reveal the entry's whereabouts in the Windows registry. As we can see it's at HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run, so first in the start menu search box type "regedit" without the quotes and right click the entry and select "Run as Administrator" enter your user credentials for the UAC prompt and click yes. Attachment 60141 Attachment 60142Attachment 60143 4)
Now in "regedit" I would navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion and in the left pane click "Run", then in the right pane right click "RivaTuner" and click delete, then for the warning about "Deleting Registry Values" click yes; and now the entry is gone to the four winds never to be seen again. Attachment 60144 Attachment 60145 Attachment 60146 5)
One final thing, as we can see from this last snip not all the entries will reside in the Windows registry, you will have to navigate to where they are to delete them. Attachment 60147