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Windows 7: Cleaning up C: drive msconfig weird entries.

27 Mar 2014   #11
Gandalf

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Per your first paragraph, CCleaner is the only program you need to clean up your computer. There is a link to them in my Signature. I assure you, it wouldn't be there if I didn't use it myself. Wizard's truth.


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27 Mar 2014   #12
AddRAM

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Use Ccleaner to cleanup the registry.

It`s totally safe.

Ahhh, you beat me to it Gandalf
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27 Mar 2014   #13
Gandalf

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by addram View Post
ahhh, you beat me to it gandalf
Sorry!
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27 Mar 2014   #14
derekimo

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by scripttron75 View Post
I am currently cleaning up my windows 7 64 bit box and i noticed something odd in MSconfig for startup items. there are a couple entries that i cant make sense of. I have attached a screenshot of my items in msconfig. my ? is what is the long the string of AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA's, why are there 2 MS operating system entries? i have an entry of msnmsgr but i uninstalled it compeltely.
You have 3 "Microsoft® Windows® Operating System" entries, the one that isn't referencing regsvr32 is probably your gadget platform, if you move the slider over it will show the path.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by grits View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gandalf View Post
Download Autoruns 11.70 - FileHippo.com
Here is a program that will list the startup programs on your computer.
You'll see headings with a purple background and good entries with a white background.
If you see any listing with a different colored background, I'd recommend deleting them.
Reboot after closing Autoruns.

If you still have bootup issues after rebooting, post a new image.
I shouldn't do this because I'm just a novice but instead of suggesting 'deletion', wouldn't it be better/safer to suggest 'disable' to begin with, then it can be deleted later if there's no problem with being disabled?

Sorry to stick my nose in.
Nothing wrong with trying to help, Novice or otherwise.

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grits - your a novice. I'm not. Get my point?
What is your point Gandalf?
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28 Mar 2014   #15
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gandalf View Post
Download Autoruns 11.70 - FileHippo.com
Here is a program that will list the startup programs on your computer.
You'll see headings with a purple background and good entries with a white background.
If you see any listing with a different colored background, I'd recommend deleting them.
Reboot after closing Autoruns.
Yikes! Do not arbitrarily delete all the pink entries you see in Autoruns.

Pink entries in Autoruns indicate software without a verified digital signature. This does NOT mean it's malicious or unnecessary software. It's usually 3rd party software. It might be older software. It might be a utility from a vendor who just never got it signed. (Or it may be malicious, but you can only decide by inspection)

You need to inspect each entry and make an individual choice. I use CrashPlan for backups. I have 7-zip installed. Both of these include some unverified "pink" entries. fyi... Interestingly, even some ATI drivers appear to be unsigned


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28 Mar 2014   #16
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Autoruns gets it wrong from time to time.

See this post where an older version of autoruns parsed a string incorrectly:
ie4uinit.exe missing after using Autorun, I have IE11, not 10
The latest version of autoruns (V11.70) parses the sting being discussed in that post in a different manner, but it still gets it wrong. Autoruns does not find the file because the file is a hard link. If you delete the yellow rows in autorun, you might be deleting some registry keys that should remain.
:-(
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01 Apr 2014   #17
scripttron75

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I checked it with auto run nothing in the entries that have AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA or under the HKLM key either. what can we try next?
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01 Apr 2014   #18
scripttron75

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

I ran Autorun there are no entries with AAAAAAAA under the everyone tab what can we try next. thanks
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01 Apr 2014   #19
ComputerGeek

Desk 1: Win 7 Pro x32; Desk 2: Windows 10 x64
 
 

That's a very strange entry in msconfig. Here's an idea we can try... Let's change the startup and compare registry snapshots before/after the change. (There will be registry changes in any case just because Windows is running. But (i believe) an msconfig service change should stand out among the rest)
  1. Download RegShot. Run either the 32- or 64 bit Unicode version depending if your're 32- or 64-bit Windows
  2. Open msconfig with admin privileges
  3. Run Regshot. Click Shot1 button
  4. Change the check box state for the AAAAAA service Startup entry in msconfig (check or uncheck it as is the case, to change it). Click in msconfig Apply
  5. Back in RegShot, click Shot2. When it's done click Compare
  6. Save a copy of the text file it creates and attach to next post
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02 Apr 2014   #20
scripttron75

Windows 7 pro 64 bit
 
 

thanks CG that makes sense, enable it then try it again Doh!
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