setting what programs start up on startup

Posted on 2000-03-05
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
How do I set what programs start up when my computer starts im starting to get a lot of programs that I don't want on my computer starting up

Please note: answer will only be accepted for 1 place to remove all startup items that means NO REGISTRY EDITING
Question by:snowmobile74
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ID: 2585162
Hi snowmobile74,

   I assume you have removed EVERYTHING from the Start Up menu in Programs?

                        Petter T Ohlzzon
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by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 2585352
All the places to check:

1) Your user profile StartUp folder
2) All users Startup folder
3) win.ini (for run= and load= lines)
4) HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
5) HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

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ID: 2585939
I was hoping that there was one place for me to finda all that is started up and disable it for example in windows 98 it is msconfig
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ID: 2601621
Edited text of question.
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by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 2601643
Great... so you'll only accept an answer that requires you purchasing a 3rd party product or that doesn't exist.

Author Comment

ID: 2602751
no windows should and probably does ship with a utility to manage Startup items
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by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 2603470
And Microsoft SHOULD follow internet standards instead of trying to force people to use their version of a standard which doesn't even follow the standards (remember the JAVA thing about a year ago?).  But they don't.   Look at every EXE in Windows - NO PROGRAM EXISTS THAT IS BUNDLED WITH THE OPERATING SYSTEM.

Author Comment

ID: 2603621
ill send a e-mail to microsoft probly get a reply in a couple of years ill post the answer if i get it

Expert Comment

ID: 2610784
ok, this should work

just found out yesterday how to do this, I was having the same problem as you and finally found the answer.  

hope it helps, but sorry to tell you there are 2 folders to look in, not just one, so if you don't wanna give me the points that's fine.   :) I just hope it helps.

1. On desktop double click my computer
2. double click the drive that win2k is installed on
3. open the Documents and Settings folder
4. Open the All Users folder
5. open the start menu folder
6. open the programs folder
7. open the startup folder
8. delet all proggies you don't want runnin at start up

If that don't get all of them click up 4 times and instead of openin the all users folder open your username folder and follow the same steps as you did in the all users folder.
I hope this helps. I know how frustrating it is when you have 10 proggies starting up automatically.

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Accepted Solution

Lee W, MVP earned 50 total points
ID: 2614646
download the Startup COP a free pcmag utility from

Author Comment

ID: 2632880
ya it works

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