Need to disable Auto Start in Windows 7

There are two programs that have auto started since I bought this HP Pavillion over a year ago. And I have not used either once!

What a pain!

Windows Live Messenger
HP Desktop Tools

They are both hidden, or I am looking in the wrong place.

Any idea how to get them to stop delaying the restart?!

Thanks.
newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAsked:
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cdesignerCommented:
Disable or uninstall Windows Messenger
http://www.cezeo.com/tips-and-tricks/windows-messenger/

Open Start menu, type in the search: msconfig.exe
Disable your items in the startup tab.
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cdesignerCommented:
I think that "HP Desktop Tools" can be uninstalled without any problems.
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jakethecatukCommented:
if you run 'msconfig', you will find the offending items listed either 'Services' or 'Startup'.

click on start and type in msconfig and it will find the program for you.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I can not log into Windows Messenger to get that menu. BUT, if I give my cell phone number, it wil unblock it.

Sounds fishy. I just want to get rid of the program.
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jakethecatukCommented:
you don't need to log in to messenger to run msconfig - it's part of the OS.

the program is located in c:\windows\system32\msconfig.exe.

you may want to run some Malware or AV scan as well.
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks I got it.

But the HP does not have a program like HP Desktop Tools. It's just go video and other tools I may need...
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
I did not see either listed in msconfig.
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jakethecatukCommented:
If you look under startup, there will be quite a few programs with odd names but the manufacturer will be HP.  you will find that desktop tools will proabbly be one of those.
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cdesignerCommented:
Just remove checkmark in StartUp tab (in msconfig) if you don't want to delete it.
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Sector5Commented:
Hi,

As mentioned, press the winkey on your keyboard together with R, run command will open, type in MSCONFIG, hit enter.
Once open, go to startup tab, look under there, it should list there, see the description as well. Disable and restart.
Another way is when the programs have started, press ctrl+shift+esc, this opens taskmanager, see what services and processes these programs run, then open run command as mentioned above, type in services.msc, this opens services, find the service, right click, select stop, right click again, select properties, in properties select disabled.
Et voila. If not, go to control manager and uninstall the programs.

One of these three options should help.

Regards.

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johnb6767Commented:
If you aren't seeing it in MSConfig, use Autoruns. Tis like MSConfig on steroids.....

Autoruns
http://live.sysinternals.com/autoruns.exe
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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Autoruns seems pretty cool. How do I find the programs set to auto run?
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johnb6767Commented:
Everything there launches with Windows, either directly as an app/service or loaded under another process like explorer.exe

I would suggest mainly looking at the Logon Tab. There's a few things to help you....

1.  Search feature at the top (little binoculars)
2.  Right click an entry, and select "Google"

Or attach your .ARN file (created via File>Save) and attach it here....

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newbiewebSr. Software EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks!
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