Help with editing certain functions such as "start up programs"...

Posted on 2000-04-26
Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I need someone who can give me a list of the more popular "EDITS" that I can use in the future to control the behavior of windows... In other terms - for example - What whould be the edit command to take something out of my start up programs? I have AOL and it puts the AIM icon in my system tray, and I really don't use it enough to have it "loaded" and there all the time. I know there are several of these "edit" commands - and I would like a list of them and what they will do for me.


I will award a "A" and the points to the best list.
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Expert Comment

ID: 2751431
Tools to tinker with Windows:

msconfig; start, run, msconfig
tweakui; on the win98 CD, download for SE

For your particular problem use msconfig and look at the startup tab.

BTW your question is a bit open ended, the real tool to use is regedit but this is potentially dangerous and requires a lot of windows knowledge. You might need a Windows 98 MCP course.

Expert Comment

ID: 2751497
Tweakui is really good like Bartsmit said.
Msconfig to me anyway is a good temporary fix when trying to diagnose.
You could edit the registry, back it up frist.
Start | Run | Regedit
go to the

Look for any AOL stuff and delete it. OR whatever you don't want. Always leave the "(Default)" Key.

Expert Comment

ID: 2751533
As indicated above, the registry is a potentially dangerous place.  In addition to those already listed, I would be more inclined to look for a 3rd party utility that allowed you to view and modify your settings through a proven interface.  One good one for the startup files is StartEd, but you have to register it to actually get it to modify your files, another one is Window Washer for removing your history and other traces from a machine.  This is usually the best way to "tweak" Windows.  Doing it manually is the hard way, and there is a lot to learn before you can do everything that a few simple utilities can do for you...
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Expert Comment

ID: 2751801
Although some 3rd party utilities are undoubtedly useful, I've found the stuff from Microsoft to be safer and more aware of the latest windows features (naturally).

TweakUI has a 'paranoia' tab to cover your tracks.

Expert Comment

ID: 2751928
REGEDIT is a great util for controling Windoze. But bartsmit and chrism are correct, it can be dangerous to use.

I would highly suggest that you do use it though, because you can do ALOT with it, more than you can do with any other program that I have seen, including TweakUI.

First off, before you touch anything in your registry:

BACK IT UP!!! Make an *.exe copy of your registry, and a *.zip copy of your registry and put on floppy. Keep as many copies as you can.

Then, go through the REGEDIT help files, specifically, Restoring the Registry.

Next, goto:

They have a great search engine, and a million hacks, tricks and such to make your system do what ever you want it to do. It is tricky, and mis-typing can be dangerous. So caution is needed when making changes, but as long as you follow what the instructions say, to the letter, you will be ok.

If you mess up, you have both the ability to Restore your registry and  your registry back up, so, you can fix any changes that you made.

Have faith in yourself young jedi...... give it burl, where do you wanna go 2day>?

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Expert Comment

ID: 2751948
Type MSCONFIG in your run box and that brings up your
"System Configuration Utility"

Click around there and you'll find many, many EDIT places for just about everything.

maybe be a little more specific abouit what kind of edits you're look for/
DOS is full of them>
For instance:
If you type EDIT/? at a Dos prompt you'll see all parameters you can use with edit:

EDIT [/B] [/H] [/R] [/S] [/<nnn>] [/?] [file(s)]

/B       - Forces monochrome mode.
/H       - Displays the maximum number of lines possible for your hardware.
/R       - Load file(s) in read-only mode.
/S       - Forces the use of short filenames.
/<nnn>   - Load binary file(s), wrapping lines to <nnn> characters wide.
/?       - Displays this help screen.
[file]   - Specifies initial files(s) to load.  Wildcards and multiple
filespecs can be given.

The same goes for any Dos command, a /? will always bring up all your options.
Most of your commands will be found in C:\windows\command

Regards, Bud 
Bud's Win95 Win98 Tips and Troubleshooter

Accepted Solution

nfroio earned 100 total points
ID: 2752039
>>What whould be the edit command to take something out of my start up programs?

For most things that AutoStart on Boot, you only need to go into your startup folder, and remove it.

Here is just a random sampling of the types of things that you can do with Registry edits: from

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Expert Comment

ID: 2752044
don't forget the one utility you couldn't live without, for networking....winipcfg...


Expert Comment

ID: 2752091
for AOL Instant messenger


Delete the value that reads "AIM"


delete the value that reads "AIM"

or you could just run aim. go to >file>my options>edit preferences> selec the tab marked "general" and make sure the box next to "start aim when windows starts" is unchecked


Expert Comment

ID: 2752136
Sysedit comes in handy once in a while, too, for the .ini etc. files.

Expert Comment

ID: 2752203
I think that we are all saying, is that it really just depends on what you wanna do with your system as to what utility you should use.

All of the ones listed here are great for certain things.



Expert Comment

ID: 2752356
Add Xteq's X-setup to the list it lets you change just about anything:

Expert Comment

ID: 2752388

cool link, looks useful, will check it out when I get home.

LVL 14

Expert Comment

ID: 2752699
If you what a lot of registry hacks, please see

Regards, Bud 
Bud's Win95 Win98 Tips and Troubleshooter

Expert Comment

ID: 2752782

hey! no link to EE on your page???? wassupwitdat????

LVL 14

Expert Comment

ID: 2752839
It's there,
Just not on that page.

Regards, Bud 
Bud's Win95 Win98 Tips and Troubleshooter

Author Comment

ID: 2757242
Someone had to win and I think nfroio definately worked the hardest to suppy all the info I may need to accomplish my tasks.


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