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Windows 7: Startup Programs - Change


06 Jan 2009   #119
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Startup Programs - Change

How to Change, Add, or Remove Startup Programs in Windows 7

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10 May 2012   #120
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Do you have both of the following keys in there?

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run"
"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run-"

In other words, a "Run" key without a hyphen, and another with the hyphen?

I've seen how some programs that are designed to help the user control what does and does not get autostarted make that type on an entry in the registry. For instance, if the user selects a particular program to no longer autostart, it will simply copy the subkey to another key (ie, Run-) rather than simply delete it. That way if the user ever decides to re-enable autostart it'll simply copy the key back to where it was initially.

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10 May 2012   #121
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I'm thinking that may have just been a typo since there should only be these to keys at that registry location, unless it was added as you posted.

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run"

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce"
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06 Sep 2012   #122
Whiznot

windows
 
 

I haven't read the whole thread so apologies if the following is addressed.

In years past I've used msconfig to eliminate undesired start up programs and never had a problem doing so. At some point I discovered a MS advisory that msconfig should only be used for temporary problem diagnosis and should not be used to control start up items. MS advises using the free utility Autoruns to turn off start up items. Note that Ccleaner control of start up items works through msconfig.

I now use Autoruns an have never encountered a problem. I previously used msconfig and there were no apparent problems. Maybe it doesn't matter which method is used but I decided to follow the MS advisory.
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06 Sep 2012   #123
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

I've never seen any problem with using msconfig>Startup and msconfig>Services (after Hiding all MS Services) to establish a Clean Boot.

I only allow AV, gadgets/stickies, Skydrive (User folders sync to storage) and Flash updater in my installs without any problems since Windows 7 release.

Anyone else have another experience?

If in doubt be sure to google the listing to see what it does. Some users like HD or battery monitor programs to be always running. Those who overclock may need their GPU bloatware package running.
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06 Sep 2012   #124
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

I agree with Greg. I think msconfig may just make it easier to use to enable/disable startup items for testing purposes, but I never had any issues using msconfig or any other option to enable/disable or delete startup entries at will either.

I'm a registry geek, so I normally use the registry for whatever I do anyways though.
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08 Sep 2012   #125
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
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For me, "MSCONFIG" just never seemed complete. In Windows XP, I'd used StartupCop Pro, and that was one of the most helpful softwares ever - you could see everything that wanted to boot up on startup, and if something tried to add itself while you were using the computer, it'd let you know right away. Wish the old version worked with Windows 7 (well, it kind of does, you just have to disable UAC), I really miss it.

- 2B
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08 Sep 2012   #126
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2 Bunny View Post
For me, "MSCONFIG" just never seemed complete. In Windows XP, I'd used StartupCop Pro, and that was one of the most helpful softwares ever - you could see everything that wanted to boot up on startup, and if something tried to add itself while you were using the computer, it'd let you know right away. Wish the old version worked with Windows 7 (well, it kind of does, you just have to disable UAC), I really miss it.

- 2B
Never tried Startup Cop, but you might want try this:

Autoruns for Windows

No realtime monitoring, but it does allow you to compare differences over time.
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12 Sep 2012   #127
2 Bunny

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 
TY Reply

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2 Bunny View Post
For me, "MSCONFIG" just never seemed complete. In Windows XP, I'd used StartupCop Pro, and that was one of the most helpful softwares ever - you could see everything that wanted to boot up on startup, and if something tried to add itself while you were using the computer, it'd let you know right away. Wish the old version worked with Windows 7 (well, it kind of does, you just have to disable UAC), I really miss it.

- 2B
Never tried Startup Cop, but you might want try this:

Autoruns for Windows

No realtime monitoring, but it does allow you to compare differences over time.
That's actually a pretty great start. I wonder how I overlooked that before.

- 2B
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13 Sep 2012   #128
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 2 Bunny View Post
I wonder how I overlooked that before.

- 2B
Well, the more you look around the more you find. Doesn't really matter how long you've been looking, you're bound to run into something you've never run across before!

The problem is figuring out whether to take the risk before downloading/installing!!

Here's another to check out: http://www.winpatrol.com/
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12 Oct 2012   #129
Majestic One

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

THAT is funny... HAHAHAH Jeffrey from ASUS told dude in a 1 egg comment (see: Newegg.com - ASUS A53U-ES21 Notebook AMD Dual-Core Processor E-450(1.65GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 320GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW AMD Radeon HD 6320 ) how to go to THIS thread to solve his "ASUS Bloatware Startup problems..." THAT is E.P.I.C.

EDIT: Thumbs me up...

EDIT pt 2: oh WAIT this ain't Utube LOL
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