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msconfig and startup

Posted on 2007-09-28
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Last Modified: 2010-03-05
I use msconfig to remove programs from starup on peoples computers that I am remotely connected to.  I do not have the option to reboot the computer and then tell it not to run at startup.  Is there a registry key or entry in some other file that tells the system configuration window to open at startup that I could just remove to keep it from poping up?  
Question by:jrogozinski
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if the computer that you are connecting to is not on a domain, you can right click the taskbar > TaskManager>Shutdown>Reboot
 from command line:
shutdown -r -t 01

as far as disabling the msconfig window after changes...perhaps someone else can pitch in
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personally after making such changes, I prefer to reboot to make sure everything is in order
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Jeremy Weisinger earned 500 total points
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It's in the registry.
Browse to
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Current Version\Run
and delete the "MSConfig" entry.

Note: it won't show up until after you close msconfig so you need to click "Exit Without Restart", make the reg change, then reboot.
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Sure, the startup key is in the registry:


Delete the one that says "MSConfig".  Alternatively, you can edit the startup lists directly in this branch of the registry and not trigger the auto MSConfig window.
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by:Jeremy Weisinger
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I agree. I don't really like using msconfig for controlling startup items. Something like Autoruns is much more robust http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals/Utilities/AutoRuns.mspx
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I prefer Spybot S&D for editing startup items since most of my customers already have it installed.
It allows you to toggle them on/off similar to msconfig but also gives descriptions for the startup items.
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StartupCPL from mike lin is also a nice utility for viewing/disabling and removing startup items from wherever they may be being run. http://www.mlin.net/StartupCPL.shtml 

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i've used  Radmin (30days Trial) to connect to the computer and get control (also you can reboot the computer and it will actually give you control of it, try it out and u will see), and as far as removing program from starting up, try  CCleaner, it is a usefull software ...

hope that help man.

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I agree with everyone that msconfig is not the best way to go.  I like spybot better, but I am working on other peoples computers and I do not want to install a lot of extra software onto their computers.  The other problem with spybot is that a lot of the computers I work on have Trend Micro and it is not compatible with spybot.  

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