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Need help clearing some start-up issues

My PC is older, now running Windows XP Pro, SP3 fully updated thru last week. For some time after I upgraded from Windows 2000 Pro I had no start-up issues. However, for the last several months I've been getting some interference in starting up that really slows down the process & requires me to clear some items from the screen before I can proceed. Can anyone help me find the source of these issues?

With every start-up I can see Microsoft Word (Office XP version) trying to start, resaving the normal.dot file, & then it shuts down & proceeds. This should never appear at start-up. Also, I get at least two error messages that Microsfot Excel & PowerPoint failed to start correctly. These are in the form of the same type of message see when Internet Explorer has to shut down because of an error. I have to clear the "Restart Excel/PowerPoint" check box & close the error message. Again, these programs should not load on start-up. I also get an Windows Explorer-like window that shows the folders for Office Live & an associated folder. I don't know why this is starting up.

I've used msconfig as well as other utilities to edit the items that are marked to start-up during that process, & can't seem to find the solutions to preventing the items above from appearing on every boot. This issue is just adding time to my boot procedure & causing me a lot of wasted time.

Can anyone help edit my start-up routine? Thanks.

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Have you looked . . .

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at Start, All Programs, Startup?

What "other utilities" are you talking about. I use free Codestuff Starter. It lists all startup items and allows you to stop them. It also lists Processes and you can do the same there.

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Re: other utilities: Spybot Search & Destroy has a System Startup utility under the Tools menu. When I haven't been able to find a particular item using msconfig, I have found it using this utility. Just now I noticed an enabled item with the Command Line - "C:\Program Files\Messenger\msmsgs.exe" /background - that may be allowing the Office Live folder window to be displayed. I don't use any messenger service that I know of. I'll disable it, restart, & see what happens. And I'll look for the Codestuff Starter you mentioned. I'm not an expert in knowing what certain items are, & there are a number of WinLogon keys with referenced .dll files as command lines, almost too numerous to list here. They're all enabled. If you can point me to a list of advised startup items with those that aren't necessary, that might also help. Thanks.

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