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Windows 7: Removing Registry entries confusion (couldn't think of a better title)


20 May 2013   #1

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Removing Registry entries confusion (couldn't think of a better title)

If I dig into the registry & remove anentry from the startup folder there,will this remove the entire program from my pc or just remove the entry from sys configs startup folder ??? Wasn't sure which part of the forum for this post.So,please forgive if this is posted in the wrong section.I'm trying to remove something (task manager) that I placed in the startup folder earlier today.But,I want to do it properly.I found some instructions for how to do so from the windows registry BUT...I need to know if I were to do this this way,if the program would still be available to me on my pc where I used to access it from. I don't want to remove the program from my pc (which is what I'm afraid of while doing this from the registry). All I want to do is stop this program from starting up when windows starts up and remove the entry in sys.configs startup folder. So,if I dig into the registry & remove this entry from the startup folder there,will this remove the entire program from my pc or just remove the entry from sys configs startup folder ??? Thanks for any help.


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20 May 2013   #2

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by guitarfiend View Post
If I dig into the registry & remove anentry from the startup folder there,will this remove the entire program from my pc or just remove the entry from sys configs startup folder ??? Wasn't sure which part of the forum for this post.So,please forgive if this is posted in the wrong section.I'm trying to remove something (task manager) that I placed in the startup folder earlier today.But,I want to do it properly.I found some instructions for how to do so from the windows registry BUT...I need to know if I were to do this this way,if the program would still be available to me on my pc where I used to access it from. I don't want to remove the program from my pc (which is what I'm afraid of while doing this from the registry). All I want to do is stop this program from starting up when windows starts up and remove the entry in sys.configs startup folder. So,if I dig into the registry & remove this entry from the startup folder there,will this remove the entire program from my pc or just remove the entry from sys configs startup folder ??? Thanks for any help.
The program will still be there, but can you show us which Registry key you're looking at? Right-click the key (the keys are in the left-hand pane) and choose "Copy Key Name" and then paste it here.
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20 May 2013   #3

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HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupfolder And,thanks for your help !
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20 May 2013   #4

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by guitarfiend View Post
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupfolder And,thanks for your help !
Do you have anything in there right now?

Also, what do you mean by "sys.configs startup folder" (or "sys configs startup folder")?

Finally: when you say you put something in the Startup folder, do you mean the one in the Start Menu? I mean if so, then all you would have to do is just delete it out of that folder.
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20 May 2013   #5

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Okay...All that's in there right now is "Task Manager" that I placed in there earlier today (I wanted task mgr to load at boot). And,now I have decided that I wish to remove it (have decided that I don't want the task manager loading at boot). What I mean by sys config startup folder is "system configurations" startup folder (or,the "system configurations" startup tab. The instructions that I used to have this (task manager) load at startup (boot) are as follolws..... eHow Computers Run & Troubleshoot Windows Task Manager How to Add Task Manager to Startup How to Add Task Manager to Startup Share Print this article Windows Task Manager is a valuable tool that allows you to view what is running on your system at any given time. You can also use the Task Manager to see how much each application or program is taking up in terms of system resources. You can easily set up the Task Manager to load when you start your computer. A small icon representing the Task Manager will appear in the system tray, in the lower-right corner of your monitor. Other People Are Reading How to Install Startup Manager How to Make a Task Manager Shortcut Instructions 1 Close all programs and applications. 2 Click the \"Start\" button. Select \"All Programs\" or \"Programs.\" Double-click the \"Startup\" folder and leave it open. In Windows Vista and Windows 7, you can also click \"Start,\" then type \"Startup\" in the search field and hit \"Enter.\" Locate the Startup folder in the search results and double-click the older to open it. 3 Click the \"Start\" button again. Click \"My Computer\" or \"Computer.\" Double-click the \"C:\" drive. Drill down to C:\\windows\\system32\\taskmgr.exe. Right-click on the \"Task Manager\" icon, then click \"Create Shortcut.\" Agree to place the shortcut on the desktop. 4 Drag the shortcut you made in Step 3 into the \"Startup\" folder you opened in Step 2. 5 Right-click on the shortcut icon and select \"Properties.\" Select \"Minimized\" in the \"Run\" drop-down menu. Click the \"Apply\" button and then the \"OK\" button. 6 Close all windows and restart your computer.
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20 May 2013   #6

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And,WHY are my posts coming out all in one paragraph ????
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20 May 2013   #7

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Since all of this took place today, if you made a system restore point before adding Task Manager to the startup folder, you can roll back your machine to that restore point.

System Restore
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20 May 2013   #8

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Mars,thanks for your reply.I appreciate you trying to help.BUT...using system restore for this seems a bit of overzealous.Plus....I'm TRYING to learn (at least a little) about how things sometimes work in the windows registry.
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20 May 2013   #9

 

Just delete it out of that folder. This does not require you to mess with System Configuration (a.k.a. "msconfig") or the Registry. Simply open that Startup folder that you found as per these instructions and delete the shortcut to Task Manager that you put in there. It's just a shortcut and so therefore it's just a link pointing to the actual program and therefore Task Manager will not be deleted - only this shortcut that you created will be deleted.
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