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#1 birenya

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 09:18 PM

I have recently installed Win XP as a guest OS in my comp (OS Win 7).When I open XP I get a message to log in to messenger . To avoid it I used msconfig to remove
messenger from start-up programs.Since then when ever I open XP I get pop-up asking me to change me to normal startup instead of selective startup. Is it normal?
I suspect some type of malware is at work.Please let me know how to stop these popups.

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 09:26 PM

That's normal behavior when using msconfig, that being said using msconfig to control start ups is not a good idea and was never intended for that use. I would use the program here http://www.malwarebytes.org/products/startuplite to control start ups.

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 09:34 PM

If you want Win7 to operate like XP there is always this tutorial.
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7/

Otherwise is there a specific reason to want to have XP and Win7 running together ? ?

If you are concerned about infections, these are dealt with in the Am I Infected or Malware Removal areas of the forum -

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Posted 15 October 2011 - 09:56 PM

Following quote courtesy of our very own quietman7:

MSConfig (System Configuration Utility) is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose and fix system configuration issues. In the Summary section Microsoft says "The System Configuration utility helps you find problems with your Windows XP configuration. It does not manage the programs that run when Windows starts."

Although it works as a basic startup manager, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable auto-start programs. It is a temporary solution and not a good practice for the following reasons:

  • When uninstalling programs while disabled with msconfig, they may not be uninstalled properly and manually editing the registry will be required to remove everything.
  • Msconfig will often leave orphaned entries when software is uninstalled. When used to switch back to normal startup mode, these orphan entries can result in boot up errors.
  • Msconfig allows malware related items to hide in your registry which you may not see or affect your computer until switched back to normal startup mode. This could then result in reinfection of the computer.
  • Msconfig does not list all applications loaded in all possible startup locations (some entry points are hidden and unknown to the user) and does not allow the complete removal of disabled entries from its list.
You should not use msconfig to disable startup applications related to services. Doing so alters the registry and there are services that are essential for hardware and booting your system. When you uncheck a service in msconfig, you completely disable it. If you uncheck the wrong one, you may not be able to restart your computer. You should only disable services using the Services Management Console (services.msc) where you cannot disable services that may be vital to boot your system.

Black Viper's warning: Why can't I use msconfig to change my services?]MSConfig (System Configuration Utility) is a troubleshooting utility used to diagnose and fix system configuration issues. In the Summary section Microsoft says "The System Configuration utility helps you find problems with your Windows XP configuration. It does not manage the programs that run when Windows starts."

Although it works as a basic startup manager, msconfig should not be used routinely to disable auto-start programs. It is a temporary solution and not a good practice for the following reasons:
  • When uninstalling programs while disabled with msconfig, they may not be uninstalled properly and manually editing the registry will be required to remove everything.
  • Msconfig will often leave orphaned entries when software is uninstalled. When used to switch back to normal startup mode, these orphan entries can result in boot up errors.
  • Msconfig allows malware related items to hide in your registry which you may not see or affect your computer until switched back to normal startup mode. This could then result in reinfection of the computer.
  • Msconfig does not list all applications loaded in all possible startup locations (some entry points are hidden and unknown to the user) and does not allow the complete removal of disabled entries from its list.
You should not use msconfig to disable startup applications related to services. Doing so alters the registry and there are services that are essential for hardware and booting your system. When you uncheck a service in msconfig, you completely disable it. If you uncheck the wrong one, you may not be able to restart your computer. You should only disable services using the Services Management Console (services.msc) where you cannot disable services that may be vital to boot your system.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 04:31 AM

nm, I just realized he's running XP in a VM.

Edited by .X., 16 October 2011 - 04:32 AM.


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 05:56 AM

.X. -
The system is a 64bit , but I am not sure if Both OS are 64bit ? ?
Can this be a conflict ?




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