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When you do the Ctrl-Alt-Del thing a window pops up labeled "Close Program".
How do you keep some of those programs from running in the background ?  I need step-by-step instructions on how to keep some of these from loading at boot-up.  Which ones are really necessary ?  
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ok, This should help. Go into the registry editor by typing regedit at start>run window prompt. (when regedit opens make a full backup, option is called "export registry file" and is located under the registry menu on regedit, choose the "all" option not "branch") open these folders:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

In the run folder there are entries that start programs when you first boot up. Just delete the ones that you don't want to load. Or you can create a new folder in the "CurrentVersion" branch called "-Run" and cut/paste the entries into there.  if you have any problems with your system after you do this, all you have to do is double click on the registry backup you made and voila, everything is restored.

If you are running windows 98 you can go into:
start>programs>accessories>system tools>
and choose: system information. when this opens choose:
system configuration utlilty
from the tools menu. Then click on the startup tab and uncheck the items that you don't want to load at startup.

one other place to find these programs are in the
Start>programs>startup
folder located in the
start menu (start button)

just delete the ones that show that you don't want to load.

These programs are put in these various locations by programs that you install, so that they are loaded into memory automatically when you load Windows.
Some of them might be needed but I consider all of them a waste of space/memory (except for virus programs, you want to auto-load these, if you have virus protection they are very "necessary") since most of them are loaded into memory when you start the parent-program anyway.

I personally only have 2 programs "always" loaded, Explorer and systray. I seem to do just fine.
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Thanks Somebody_else.  I've already tried your suggestion and it works great.

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