Deleted Startup registry entries keep coming back!

Hi Experts

In a bid to

a) speed up my XP box startup and
b) free up ram and hence speed up my general machine speed

I have been looking at the things that get loaded at startup, half of them I dont need - things like the logitech camera manager (I dont have a logitech camera any more) and the Cisco Aironet Process (I dont use my Aironet card any more.) There are loads....

Ive used sysinternals autoruns to identify the items and have tried removing them using autoruns and also by directly deleting registry keys using regedit.... but when I reboot there they are again! So there must be a process that is somehow re-installing them. My guess is that something is checking to ensure the keys are there, and re-creating them if they are missing.

How can I find out what is re-creating my keys?
stummjAsked:
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MereteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There is also a start -up in your start> all programs, delete anything that is listed here as well.
Make sure none of these programs are running by opening the taskbar manager and check the processes, stop any that you desire to uninstall.
Then there is windows installer>The Windows Installer Clean Up Utility is designed to allow you to safely remove Windows Installer settings from your computer in the event of a problem
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/MSICLEAN.htm
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
How about uninstalling software that you don't need?  go to CONTROL PANEL - ADD/REMOVE PROGRAMS and remove the items that you just described.

You can also do the following:
go to MSCONFIG, START-RUN-type MSCONFIG <enter> then located any programs you recognize that you can turn off. Note your changes as you may need to re-enter them.  Restart your machine
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stummjAuthor Commented:
Oh yes - sorry - meant to add.... The keys are obsolete throw backs to software I uninstalled a long time ago!
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venom96737Commented:
Those are all entries that require drivers so yes they are being recreated by the driver dll files uninstall the drivers and the programs should leave you alone.  There should be an uninstall for each of these programs that will uninstall the drivers also look in your programs files and you should discover them.  If not uninstall the drivers from your device manager list and then remove the programs and they should leave you alone.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
to addon to venom96737's comment.. .boot in SAFE MODE, DEVICE MANAGER and expand all the entries.. locate ANYTHING you DON'T NEED and UNINSTALL.. REboot system
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MereteCommented:
stummi you may appreciate this 99 steps beginners guide to speeding up your xp box it has absolutely everything covered.

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http://www.pcstats.com/beginners.cfm
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Mohammed HamadaSenior IT ConsultantCommented:
What about going to the " C:\Program Files " folder and then check on each folder of the uninstalled programs if they were there, delete them so if they have something that keeps doing this, you won't be annoyed anymore..

If it didn't work check this freeware...
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,1554244,00.asp
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stummjAuthor Commented:
All useful suggestions, thank you. But I dont think the core question is being addressed.

That is......

Process A is loaded on startup...
Process A is deleted from the list of processes XP loads on startup.

The PC is Rebooted.

Something (X) spots that I have deleted the process A registry entry and helpfully puts it back in again for me :)

How do I determine what X is?
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
I believe the keywords to search on are "Logitech" & "Cisco"

 backup your registry...




then hunt from the beginning and delete any key that has either word listed....  check key and values.
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Mohammed HamadaConnect With a Mentor Senior IT ConsultantCommented:
Well Stummj The best which can do that for you is the program that called CCleaner, this will do the job for sure, After you download the program launch it and then click on Issues button, Click on Scan button under the empty box on right...
This will scan for the un-needed short-cuts, Dll's that were assigned to uninstalled programs and no more usable.... etc

Give it a shot.. Here's the link...
http://www.ccleaner.com/
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stummjAuthor Commented:
irwinpks many thanks for your thoughts. I think I need a more scientific solution though. Your suggestion is great and may work ... but may not. I was really looking for a definative method by which I could trace the call path.

moh10ly - I'll give that a whirl. Seems to be a good little util. Thanks
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mastooCommented:
Some antispyware monitors and undoes certain registry changes.  Disabling it while you make the registry change is insufficient - you need to not have it running while editing the registry.

Otherwise, are you sure they don't reappear until you reboot?  sysinternals ntregmon would help you detect the registry modifications, but I don't think you'd be able to catch the mods if they are during the boot process.
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venom96737Commented:
Stummj
All useful suggestions, thank you. But I dont think the core question is being addressed.
The core question was what keeps bringing these 2 processes back the 2 processes named were logitech camera and aironet card.  Both of these processes are used during install of a driver for a piece of hardware and the hardware is most likely uninstall incorrectly.  So the answer is to simply remove the drivers from the device manager and then delete the processes the dll file that runs the driver can restart these processes.  Understand that deleting the run command in the registry is not really deleting anything at all it is just removing a key very easily reinserted by any program. If the processes are still starting then they still exist in the drive look at the whole string in the run command to find out where the exe is locate and remove it and also remove the driver and it can not possibly come back.
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Irwin SantosComputer Integration SpecialistCommented:
@venom96737....I agree..though, a double-check in the registry for something that you may have missed would be prudent... if "for sure", then the mal-script is surely the cause, but say, let's truly isolate the registry.
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venom96737Commented:
This is true irwinpks the only problem is if it is loading in his processes the exe is still installed in good condition and where it supposed to be.  If that is changed the registry can do nothing more than report an error that can be isolated and deleted you know what I mean.
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mastooCommented:
http://www.lavasoft.de/support/faq/

includes this topic:

I try to change something in the Windows startup settings, but upon reboot the changes I made were not saved?

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