Clean Up Win XP System Configuration Utility

Hi experts!

I have three questions:

Question 1: I wonder whether you may kindly help me with cleaning up old applications in Win XP System Configuration Utility (Run > msconfig > Startup tab).

Question 2: After making a change in Startup items (by checking or unchecking items), System Configuration Utility would not be closed: In other words, when "OK" button is clicked, System Configuration Utility window would not be closed.

Question 3: In Customize Notifications (right-click Taskbar > click Customize button), I found tons of Past Items. Is there a way to clean up (remove) the past items?

Thanks as always!

duta

dutaAsked:
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sramesh2kConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi duta,

See CyberneticsConnoisseur's post above to know how to remove unchecked entries from MSCONFIG startup tab.

For an automated script, see line #148 in this page:
http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_tweaks.htm
(Titled "Clear Disabled Items from Msconfig Startup")

Clean-up the MSCONFIG startup tab listings - XP:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/msconfig.htm
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callrsCommented:
For 1 & 2, first follow these steps:
- Antivirus with updated defs (use free AVG from www.grisoft.com if you don't have antivirus)
- Anti-Spyware etc.: http://www.lavasoft.de/software/adaware/  http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=35407 
- Check system files: http://ask-leo.com/what_is_the_system_file_checker_and_how_do_i_run_it.html

Then, instead of the System Config Utility, autoruns is better & its free:  http://www.sysinternals.com/Utilities/Autoruns.html
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callrsCommented:
To remove applications you don't want:  Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs
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callrsCommented:
http://windowsxp.mvps.org/PastItems.htm     Clear Past items from the Notification Area
Open Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
Navigate to the following key:  [HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TrayNotify]
Backup the registry key  (File > Export)
Delete IconStreams and PastIconsStream values
Restart the computer

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CyberneticsConnoisseurConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi,
If I have understood you correctly, you would like to remove the entries from the MSConfig - Startup tab that are no longer checked, but still showing up.

To do this, the solutions given above will not help.

Go to this folder path in the registry :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg

here you will have one folder for each unchecked item in the MSConfig - Startup tab. Delete the folders you no longer want to see and thats it, it will disappear from the MSConfig - Startup tab.

FYI, all the checked items in the MSConfig - Startup tab can be found here :

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

deleting an entry from here directly removes the item from the MSConfig - Startup tab.

This is the answer to your first part.
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CyberneticsConnoisseurCommented:
for your third question, http://windowsxp.mvps.org/PastItems.htm is a good solution as suggested by callrs.

for your second question, I would like to know how you go about closing MSConfig, if it doesnt close by itself, coz it might be just a memory availabity issue.
please explain.

Carpe Diem.
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dutaAuthor Commented:
TO: all:

Thank you so much for very kind, prompt response.

Question 3 has been resolved when I followed the following instructions from support.microsoft.com:


To clear the Past Items list, perform the following steps:
1.      Delete the IconStreams and PastIconsStream values from the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\TrayNotify
2.      Open Task Manager, click the Processes tab, click Explorer.exe, and then click End Process.
3.      In Task Manager, click File, click New Task, type explorer, and then click OK.

Question 2 seems to be a little too complex to explain. I have that problem with my office PC. When I made a change in Startup items, "Apply" and "OK" buttons remain dim. To close msconfig window, I had to retart PC by unplugging the power cable.

Question 3 seems to be the most annoying issue now that Question 1 has been resolved. Still there are dozens of applications in Startup tab which are unchecked.

Thanks a lot!

duta

July 3, 2006, at 12:30 am


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callrsCommented:
Did you try autoruns? You'll like it.
:)
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dutaAuthor Commented:
TO: callrs:

Thank you so much for your kind, prompt response.

Yes, I installed autoruns. But I am not sure how to use it to remove old, past itens from Starup tab
(run > msconfig >startup).

Thanks!

duta
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callrsConnect With a Mentor Commented:
  Using Autoruns to Delete Startup Entries
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Extract the files (optionally use the great winrar from www.rarlab.com for this)
Open windows Explorer, find autoruns, and drag "autoruns.exe" to an empty spot on the quick launch bar
(If you don't have quick launch, right click Taskbar > Toolbars > Quick Launch.)

Now you can launch autoruns easily from the toolbar.

In autoruns, right click any entry you want to delete, and then click on Delete.
But be careful what you delete...maybe backup the registry (see http:Q_21903709.html) or create a System Restore point so you can revert to a good configuration in case things go wrong.
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callrsCommented:
If you want, you can just disable the entries instead of delete...
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dutaAuthor Commented:
TO: callrs:

Thanks again for kind, prompt response.

I tried it. But I am not sure how I may use autorun to delete past items in System Configuration Utility.

My immediate goal is to delete dozens of past items (like AOL which I removed  a long time ago) from Startup in System Utility Configuration.

Thanks!

duta
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callrsCommented:
Do they show up in autoruns? If so, then delete them from there & they'll disappear from startup too. If not, I'll find another way.....
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dutaAuthor Commented:
TO: callrs:

Thanks again for your kind tip.

No, the old, past items (which were a long time ago removed) do not show up in autoruns.

Hope you may find other way to do the job.

Thanks!

duta
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dutaAuthor Commented:
TO: all:

I got a working application from http://www.get-in-control.com/msconfig-cleanup which worked great.

Because both of you spent much time to help me, I would like to split the points between callrs and sramesh2k evenly, if you do not mind.

Thanks all!

duta

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dutaAuthor Commented:
TO: I am sorry. I made a mistake in my last post.
I intended to split the points evenly among three of you: CyberneticsConnoisseur, callrs, and sramesh2k.

Thanks!

duta
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dutaAuthor Commented:
TO: all:

I chose sramesh2k as accepted answer because the link which he/she gave me the link to download the application which worked great to remove past, old items in system configuration utility's startup tab.
The site that sramesh2k gave me was : http://windowsxp.mvps.org/msconfig.htm. At bottom of the site, there is a link named "MSConfig Cleanup Utility" which is what I looked for.

Thanks a lot!

duta


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