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    Startup Programs - Change

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

       Information
    This will show you how to either add, remove, enable, or disable a startup program in Windows 7.
       Note
    You can also view the startup logs in Event Viewer (C:\Windows\system32\eventvwr.msc) under Applications and Services Logs, Microsoft, Windows, Diagnostics-Performance, and Operational. The logs will be in the middle to show you what ran at startup, how long it took, and more.
       Warning
    User Account Control prevents programs that require elevated (run as administrator) permission or an administrator password from running automatically when Windows 7 starts. If a program is blocked, you'll see a message in the notification area that says some startup programs need permission to run. You can then right click on the notification area message and either select to run the blocked program by giving UAC permission, remove the blocked program from the startup program list, or ignore the notification and not run the program.


    For the Windows 10 tutorial please see here - Startup Items - Add, Delete, Enable, Disable in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Tutorials




    METHOD ONE

    Through the Program Itself


    NOTE: Some programs may have a setting in them to allow it to run at startup or not. You will need to consult the program's documentations on how to do this specifically for their program if it is available for that program.
    1. Open the program's settings menu.

    2. To Add the Program to Startup
    A) Select the program's Run at startup type option.
    3. To Remove the Program from Startup
    A) Unselect the program's Run at startup type option.



    METHOD TWO

    Through the Startup Folder


    NOTE: You can add or remove shortcuts to programs or files from the Startup folder to have them run or open at the startup of Windows 7.

    1. Right click on the exe file of the program you want to run at startup, or file to open at startup, and click on Create Shortcut.
    NOTE: This is the shortcut that you will add to the Startup folder in either Option One or Option Two below. Skip this step if you are only removing a shortcut from the Startup folder.
    A) Do either OPTION ONE "Current User" or OPTION TWO "All Users" below for what you want.



    OPTION ONE

    For Current Single User Only


    NOTE: The single (current) user Startup folder is a hidden system folder located at:
    C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    2. Open the Start Menu, click on All Programs, right click on the Startup folder, click on Open or Explore, and go to step 4 below. (See screenshot below)
    Startup Programs - Change-start_menu_startup_folder.jpg
    OR

    3. In the Start Menu search line, type shell:startup, press Enter, and go to step 4 below. (See screenshot below)
    Startup Programs - Change-start_menu_shell-startup.jpg
    4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

    5. To Add a Startup Program or File Shortcut
    A) Drag the shortcut created from step 1 to inside the Startup folder and drop it. (See screenshot below)

    Startup Programs - Change-startup_folder.jpg
    6. To Remove a Startup Program or File Shortcut
    A) Right click on the shortcut in the Startup folder and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)
    7. Close the Startup folder when done. (See screenshot below step 5A)



    OPTION TWO

    For All Users


    NOTE: The all users Startup folder is a hidden system folder located at:

    C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    2. Open the Start Menu, click on All Programs, right click on the Startup folder, click on Open All Users or Explore All Users, and go to step 4 below. (See screenshot below)
    Startup Programs - Change-start_menu_startup_folder.jpg
    OR

    3.
    In the Start Menu search line, type shell:common startup, press Enter, and go to step 4 below.

    4. Do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do.

    5. To Add a Startup Program or File Shortcut
    A) Drag the shortcut created from step 1 to inside the Startup folder and drop it. (See screenshot below)

    Startup Programs - Change-startup_folder_all.jpg
    6. To Remove a Startup Program or File Shortcut
    A) Right click on the shortcut in the Startup folder and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)
    6. Close the Startup folder when done. (See screenshot below step 4A)



    METHOD THREE

    Through System Configuration (msconfig)


    NOTE: Using the Selective Startup option in System Configuration (msconfig), you can enable or disable startup programs. You will need to be logged into an administator account, or provide the administrator password to open System Configuration.

    WARNING: It would be best to also check the registry entries in METHOD FOUR below as well, since msconfig may not always show all startup programs.
    1. Open the Start Menu, type msconfig in the search box, press Enter, and go to step 3 below. (See screenshot below)
    Startup Programs - Change-start_menu_msconfig.jpg
    OR

    2. Open the Control Panel (icons view) and click on the Administrative Tools icon, then click on System Configuration. Close the Control Panel and Administrative Tools windows.

    3. If prompted, click on Continue for the UAC prompt, or type in the administrator's password.

    4. Click on the Startup tab. (See screenshot below)

       Tip
    If you look under the Location column for the Start Item, you will see the registry location for it that you can use to remove the startup item using METHOD FOUR below instead.

    Startup Programs - Change-system_configuration_startup_tab.jpg
    5. To Disable a Startup Program
    A) Select a listed startup program and uncheck it. (See screenshot above)

    B) Repeat to disable anymore listed startup programs.
    6. To Enable a Startup Program
    A) Select a listed startup program and check it. (See screenshot below step 4)

    B) Repeat to enable anymore listed startup programs.
    7. To Disable All Listed Startup Programs
    A) Click on the Disable all button. (See screenshot below step 4)

    B) Go to step 9.
    8. To Enable All Listed Startup Programs
    A) Click on the Enable all button. (See screenshot below step 4)
    9. Click on Apply. (See screenshot below step 4)

    10. Click on the Boot tab, then check the Make all boot settings permanent box and click on OK. (See screenshot below)
    Startup Programs - Change-boot-1.jpg
    11. Click on Yes. (See screenshot below)
    Startup Programs - Change-boot-2.jpg
    12. Click on the Restart button to apply. (See screenshot below)
    WARNING: This will restart your computer immediately. Save and close anything that you are working on first.
    Startup Programs - Change-restart.jpg



    METHOD FOUR

    Manually in Registry Editor


    NOTE: This will allow you to remove a startup program for either the current single user or all users. If you wanted to add a startup program, then METHOD TWO above would be a safer and easier way to do so.
    1. Open the Start Menu.

    2. In the search line, type regedit and press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    Startup Programs - Change-start_menu_regedit.jpg
    3. For "Current User" Only Locations
    A) In regedit, go to: (See screenshots below)
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    AND
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
    Startup Programs - Change-current_reg_run.jpg

    Startup Programs - Change-current_reg_runonce.jpg
    4. For "All Users" Locations
    A) In regedit, go to: (See screenshots below)
    For 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    AND
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
    AND (If added by Group Policy)
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run
    AND (If added by Group Policy)
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run
    AND
    For 64-bit Windows 7 only:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    AND
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
    Startup Programs - Change-all_users_reg_run.jpg

    Startup Programs - Change-all_users_reg_runonce.jpg
    5. In the right pane of Run and/or RunOnce, right click on the startup program you want to remove and click on Delete. (See screenshots above)
    NOTE: RunOnce is only to run the program once for the next time that Windows 7 starts up. Run is to run the program everytime that Windows 7 starts up.

    6. Click on Yes to confirm deletion.

    7. When done, close regedit.



    METHOD FIVE

    Using CCleaner


    1. If you have not already, download and install the free program CCleaner.

    2. Open CCleaner, and click on the Tools icon (left side) and on the Startup button. (See screenshot below)
    Startup Programs - Change-ccleaner.jpg
    3. Select a startup item, then either enable, disable, or delete it from the Vista startup programs list. (See screenshot above)



    METHOD SIX

    Through Task Scheduler



       Note
    By default, you cannot run a elevated (Run as administrator) program that requires UAC permission at startup using the normal Windows 7 startup programs above.

    For a Administrator User Account:
    You can have Run as administrator (elevated) programs run at startup for a administrator account by running it in a startup task in Task Scheduler.

    For a Standard User Account:
    You will not be able to run elevated programs at startup for a standard user account though. Only unelevated programs (ex: Notepad).


    That's it,
    Shawn








  1. Posts : 2,899
    Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)
       #1

    run once isnt that that it only runs on next reboot???
    thats how i remember....

    im think it should be stated

    just a thought...

    if im wrong then and its changed let me know...
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  2. Posts : 70,196
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    Thread Starter
       #2

    Yep, you are correct Darkassain. Note added. :)

    Thank you,
    Shawn
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  3. Posts : 8,476
    Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
       #3

    Also through Windows defender...
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  4. Posts : 70,196
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    Hi Dinesh,

    Sorry, but startup programs has been removed from Windows Defender in Windows 7. It is now strictly a anti-malware program.
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  5. Posts : 40
    Windows 7
       #5

    I'm using the registry to run SpeedFan at startup, but I have to Disable UAC as the driver isn't signed.
    Is there a way to bypass UAC for this, without the need to disable UAC? I did post feedback to MS saying that it would be nice if UAC had User overide feature, so we could allow some programs we need.
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  6. Posts : 70,196
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    Thread Starter
       #6

    Coldout,

    You might see if creating a task in Task Scheduler to run SpeedFan at startup instead may work better for you.

    Task Scheduler - Wake Up Computer - Vista Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  7. Posts : 40
    Windows 7
       #7

    Nice one thanks.
    I have it running at start now. Just the icon not showing.
    Seems to be running ok, when I use task manager - show processes from all users. It is there, though cannot see CPU temps or change settings via task bar Icon.

    This is a lot better than having to run it manually every time I boot. And I can leave UAC on now too.

    Thanks again!
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  8. Posts : 70,196
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    Thread Starter
       #8

    You're welcome Coldout. :)

    You might see if using Compatibility Mode with Vista selected on the SpeedFan exe file may allow the icon to show.
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  9. Posts : 46
    Windows 7 64-bit
       #9

    Brink said:
    Coldout,

    You might see if creating a task in Task Scheduler to run SpeedFan at startup instead may work better for you.

    Task Scheduler - Wake Up Computer - Vista Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    I've also followed this advice and have Speedfan opening successfully on startup, but there's still a problem - I would like it to open in a minimized state. I know this can be done by customizing a shortcut but I can't see a way to achieve this using the Task Scheduler.

    Any advice appreciated.

    UPDATE: After taking another look at Speedfan's settings I found the option to force it to always start minimized - sorry for being a dope!
    Last edited by Sope; 12 Jul 2009 at 15:26. Reason: correction/apology
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