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Controlling Start Up Programs

by ayisha43 / June 12, 2005 12:18 PM PDT

Windows XP SP2
HP Pavillion Laptop

How can I remove certain programs from my ''Start Up''
ie. When I log on to windows XP Programs like ''Roxio Drag to Disc'' and ''HP imaging software'' and a whole lot of other programs are running in the background. How can I regulate that?

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by dagger906 / June 12, 2005 12:33 PM PDT

There should be a Startup icon in Control Panels. Open it and edit the options.

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I have no such Icon using XP Pro.
by Ray Harinec / June 13, 2005 8:51 AM PDT
In reply to: RE

Is that correct for XP Home???

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There are various things you can do
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 12, 2005 7:55 PM PDT

Try this Ayisha,

1] Goto Start > All Programs > Startup, delete any of the shortcuts there for programs you do not want to start on startup. These are shortcuts only, so deleting them will not delete the full programs.

2] Goto Start > Run and type in "msconfig", (without the quotes), and click OK.

In the "System Configuration Utility" window that displays, click the Startup tab. Here you can remove the tick for any programs that you do not want to start on startup. Be careful, some of these are needed, eg your anti-virus, and firewall if you use a third party software firewall.

When you click apply, then OK, you will be asked to restart your computer, and when you do, you will get an information box stating that you are on Selective Startup. You can stop that window from displaying each time you startup within the window itself.

3] If you have a number of icons in your System tray, (the notification area next to your clock), hover the mouse cursor over each to find out what program the icon is for, then find that program and goto it's Tools and/or Options and remove the option to start on startup. Alternatively you can double click the icon to bring up the program.

Good luck, and hope this is useful.


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by dagger906 / June 13, 2005 2:16 AM PDT

Msconfig will work, the start menu shortcut won't. Programs have the choice to not add that start menu shortcut. The spyware usually don't create that shortcut, while decent programs, like your antivirus, usually do.

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by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 13, 2005 4:36 AM PDT
In reply to: RE

Many genuine programs still place a shortcut in the Startup folder.

It's easy enough to check. Goto Start > All Programs > Startup, and anything there that Ayisha doesn't want to start on boot up can be removed. If there is none there, fair enough.


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by ayisha43 / June 13, 2005 8:42 AM PDT
In reply to: RE

So how do I get to msc configure?

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Go to; Run, type in msconfig, hit OK
by Ray Harinec / June 13, 2005 8:48 AM PDT
In reply to: re

then you will see the start up tab as the rightmost tab.

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