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#1 voodoowalt

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 03:16 PM

I use XP Pro. I would like to stop a program from loading each time I boot. Did a search for startup folders. The program doesn't appear in any of them. Found a program shortcut in c:'windows\Documents ans Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\program name. (But not in Startup) I deleted the shortcut but the program still loads on boot. I then did a search for the program name. The program name shows up in folders it should be in, (C:\Programs and the MS Office Shortcut Bar), but does not appear in any other folders. Any advice greatly appreciated.

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#2 CTH_Tom

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 03:22 PM

You can search the registry under these keys for the program and delete the reg entry for the program-
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
Backup the key to your desktop before deleting in case you have a problem.
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Posted 28 November 2007 - 07:16 PM

You can use a program like AutoRuns for Windows v8.73 - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sysintern...s/AutoRuns.mspx to deal with any startup items (disable, remove, etc.).

The Logon tab is the startup item list.

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Posted 28 November 2007 - 11:10 PM

Here's another free prog that will allow you to control all start-up progs

http://www.winpatrol.com

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Posted 29 November 2007 - 06:28 PM

Let us know what the program name is and we'll be able to be a bit more specific. Some programs (like Windows Messenger) will install different startups in different places on your system.
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