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Windows 7: Temporarily stop programs in startup folder

28 Mar 2014   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
Great solution

That is great thinking-out-of-the-box. Thank you badger906. It should solve pattermann's issue as well. (Sorry Mr. Kari, I am not familiar with Finnish names)

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29 Mar 2014   #12

Windows 10 Pro

The other solution is to see if maybe a reg key in xp is holding that info and to see if it can be extracted and used in 7. I will look into it.
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19 Jun 2014   #13

Windows 7 Pro x64

I was looking for the same thing. I also found that holding shift does not work like it used to in Windows XP.

I have a custom logon script for work, residing in the Startup folder, that runs to execute a bunch of programs upon logon. When I take my laptop home, I don't want that custom logon script executing.

Here's what I did as a workaround:
  1. Took ownership of the Utilman.exe file in c:\windows\system32
  2. Wrote a VBscript to move my custom batch file out of the Startup folder in the Start Menu, and into another folder.
  3. Compiled my VBS script using the trial of VBSEdit (or you could use IExpress, which is bundled with Windows 7).
  4. Placed my compiled VBS script into the c:\windows\system32 folder and named it Utilman.exe
Now, from the logon screen, I can click the "Ease of Access" button in the lower left corner of the screen. It then runs the VBS script that moves my custom logon script out of the Startup folder. I just see a command prompt window pop open for a split second and close. Then I login and my logon script does not run, as planned :)

When I want to re-enable my custom logon script, I just click the icon again the next time I am at the logon screen, which sees the file doesn't exist in the Startup folder and moves it back. Then I login again, as normal.

Hope this helps someone!
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20 Oct 2014   #14

Windows 8 64

I just found a program that can do this (LaunchMeNot).

The program has an autostart feature "Autolaunch" which loads a custom list of startup programs, after converting all the startup programs to that list I can click "cancel" as soon as the loader launches.

The program is old (2010) and the developer dropped support since it's release probably due to lack of exposition (902 downloads so far). It works well on Windows 8.1 64 bit, the interface is decent and easy to use.

This is my second post here, so I will avoid posting a link, it's free at CodePlex, even the source code is available.

Alternatively there are programs that can delay startup programs like WinPatrol but awkwardly enough don't offer the stop/cancel feature.
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13 Jun 2017   #15

Win 10 Pro x64

I know this is an old thread, but I was searching for a solution to this same problem and think I came up with something good:

Move all your startup shortcuts out of Start Menu\Programs\Startup and into another folder like C:\Users\YourName\Documents\Startup.
Create the batch file below and save a shortcut to it in Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

@echo OFF
CHOICE /M "Do you want me to open the startup programs? (you have 5 seconds before I assume Y)" /T 5 /D Y
rem -- N selected. do nothing.
for %%v in ("C:\Users\YourName\Documents\Startup\*.lnk") do start "" "%%~v"

Perhaps there's a more elegant way to write this code, but I just pieced it together from some examples I found online.
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