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xp always boots in system configuration utility

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a system i just installed (tons of apps) always boots in the system configuration utility.

i always get a message:

you have used the system configuration utility to make changes to the way windows starts.

the system configuration utility is currently in diagnostic or selective startup mode, causing this message to be displayed and the utility yo run every time windows starts.

choose the normal startup mode on the general tab to start windows normally and undo the changes you made using the system configuration  utility.

[unchecked] don't show this message or launch the system configuration utility when windows starts


however the utility is in normal startup mode !
so i cannot switch to normal mode, it already is.
any tip, tool, resource to get rid of the message ???

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Question by:Lieven Embrechts
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Remove "Selective Startup" Reminder:
http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_desc/xp_nomsconfig.htm
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Click Start, Run and type "msconfig /auto". Check the option "Don't show......." and press OK.
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by:Lieven Embrechts
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both tips don't work.

even when i manually remove the key
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows \CurrentVersion\Run                  
+ MSConfig      System Configuration Utility      Microsoft Corporation      c:\windows\pchealth\helpctr\binaries\msconfig.exe

it reappears immediatly.
so basically i can't get rid of that registry entry.
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Are you able to delete the key? (Or, getting access denied error?)
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by:sramesh2k
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Login as Administrator (built-in) and delete that value?
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by:Lieven Embrechts
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i can delete the key but when i check again, it's there again !
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sramesh2k earned 500 total points
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No idea what is re-creating that value. If running XP Pro, set a registry audit and identify the application causing this:

http://www.winxptutor.com/auditreg.htm

Before that try deleting the key from Administrator logon (just in case)
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by:Lieven Embrechts
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i do it as administrator.
i delete the key, i press f5 to refresh, the key reappears.
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by:Lieven Embrechts
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auditing did the trick:
it told me that ad-aware ad-watch was playing with the key, and indeed it is made to avoid key tampering.
so temporarely switched off add-watch, deleted key, problem solved.
this saves me from a complete reinstallation.
thanks for the great advice.
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Bravo!
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by:SheharyaarSaahil
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Hello Lieven_Embrechts =)

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Does it report anything as Nasty there ??
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lol.... i was too late.... :)
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