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Cleanup your Start Programs from XP

Discussion in 'Bits & Bytes' started by bruzzes, Dec 25, 2002.

  1. bruzzes

    bruzzes Truthslayer

    Remove unused msconfig programs.

    Often programs install startup items onto your taskbar or start hidden programs. These can be unchecked of course when you type msconfig in the run box and select startup.
    Unfortunatly they are not removed. To clean up those start tasks and <b>REMOVE</b> them follow the following instructions.


    To Remove Entries: How to clear all the Un-Used items in MSCONFIG

    Start/Run/Regedit

    For items that were in the Start menu, Programs, Startup folder:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupfolder. You'll find a subkey for each disabled item.

    For items loaded from the Registry:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg. You'll find a subkey for each disabled item.

    Just delete the specific key in the left column.
     
  2. Ugly

    Ugly Fish is Brain Food

  3. LissaKay

    LissaKay Oh ... Really???

    Always, always, always before making registry edits, BACK UP the registry before starting. Think of it as doing brain surgery on your computer. One misstep and it's all over.

    I also suggest instead of unchecking items in Msconfig that it is better to go to the Options/Preferences/Settings of programs to disable start up on boot. There are some things that do not have that capability but this is preferable for those that do.

    These pages are helpful in identifying what the entries in Msconfig are for:

    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_pages/startup_full.htm

    http://www2.whidbey.com/djdenham/index.htm

    Don't forget that some programs start from shortcuts in the Startup folder as well.
     

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