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Posted on 2006-11-14
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When I run msconfig.exe I see several items without a name or command, just a location.  Is it safe to disable these?
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If there is nothing in the command, this entry is harmless - there is nothing happening at startup.

If you want to get rid of it you need to edit the registry. The location is HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. In that key, look at the Data column. Any entries that are blank in this column will correspond to the blank entries in msconfig.

For a more detailed explanation, see here:
http://ask-leo.com/why_is_there_a_blank_entry_in_my_msconfig_startup_entries.html
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mfteal is correct, also according to http://www.womelsdorf.com/TIPS/msconfig.html there seems to be some more info


1.  A program install/uninstall has not completed properly and therefore not updated the registry "Run" keys. Looking at these registry keys may in some cases reveal an entry with a Name but no Data, others may have neither:
          * HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
          * HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
          * HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
          * HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
          * HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
          * HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

Check these keys and see if there's an entry under Name and it may give a clue. As no program isn't being loaded in the Data column then the registry entry can safely be deleted. Author's second note: Back up the registry before making any changes. Also, in XP®, set a System Restore point.

2. A virus or other malicious piece of software has compromised the system. Many virusses modify various registry keys, including the "Run" keys.
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If you go to www.mlin.net there is a utility called startup control panel, see if that gives you anymore info regarding what is starting up , also this utility has different tabs for the different run keys which may make it easier to navigate to each of these keys without the use of regedit afaik :)
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