Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Prevent programs from loading at startup in XP

One way to selectively disable programs from loading at start up is to use MSCONFIG
(from the Run command) to deselect certain items. Another way to remove them is to
edit the Registry directly. Consider the following locations:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

for applications that start up for all users

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

for applications that start up when the current user logs on

Remove the entry for a program by right-clicking it and selecting Delete to prevent it from loading.

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