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startup programs, HELP

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by illmannered_1, Aug 19, 2004.

  1. illmannered_1

    illmannered_1

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    i have been trying to figure out how to choose what programs run automatically upon startup on xp, can you help me?
     
  2. ronin_asano

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    open regedit.

    choose search. in the box type 'run' no quotes. check the keys box, leave values and data unchecked. click ok.

    there you will see your startup programs. press f3 to find next. if the search stops, examine the key preseted. when you get the finished searching registry message, you are done.

    also check the startup folder on the start menu, they hide there too.
     

  3. G20man32904

    G20man32904 Deceased

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    illmannered_1,
    I can tell ronin knows what he is talking about and I wouldnt try to argue with him, but I think you are looking for "msconfig" in the run box then click start-up tab...
     
  4. Harlequin

    Harlequin I need a weapon

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    Just to satisfy my own curiosity, do you mean programs or services?

    I have a program called StartUp Cop that will let you do the same thing ronin suggests but without modifying the registry, a potentially OS-fatal operation. The program is freeware. If you're interested, PM with arrangements to transfer it to you.
     
  5. MB-G26

    MB-G26 Non-existent STUPID GURL Lifetime Member

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    come in a couple different varieties, including UNnecessary, NEcessary, OPtional, and Bad - meaning indicative of some type of malware/trojan, etc. infection or another.
    Unless one is very familiar with fiddling around in the registry of one's machine, doing so is not advisable. At the very least, ensure you completely back up your registry before doing things to it.

    Attached to this post is a text list pertaining to XP, broken down into Necessary, UNnecessary, Optional and Bad/Dangerous. Beneath each name-file name section w/in each category is a short paragraph describing each file/process name. It's not "all-inclusive" depending upon what else may be loaded/installed on your particular machine, but it gives a pretty good base to start working with. There are several websites which list every conceivable possible starting-up file, along w/indications of whether necessary/not, and what it belongs to (3rd party peripherals, for example). I don't have those URLs handy as I'm on a different machine than where my "Favorites" is located.

    Startup monitoring tools, two recommendations:

    http://www.wilders.org/free_tools.htm (see Tools/Monitoring section)
    StartUp Monitor

    http://www.lurkhere.com/
    ("Nice Files" section)
    "Hijack This!" program. There are two installs of Hijack This! available, and one contains the useful startup monitor program, StartupList. I recommend downloading and installing the "Hijack This!" program which (a) when installed will help keep your "homepage" designation in Internet Explorer from being "hijacked" by websites and malware, and (b) contains a full installation of "StartupList". Pretty good two birds, one download. Plus, "Hijack This" was updated 8/15/04, making it even more effective.

    Or, simply download the StartupList 1.52.1 startup program/process monitor as a stand-alone from the same site, listed at http://www.lurkhere.com/~nicefiles/index.html
    If I think of it later, I'll grab my 'startup list lookup websites' from my "Favorites" and supplement my reply here.
    m
     
  6. MB-G26

    MB-G26 Non-existent STUPID GURL Lifetime Member

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    I just remembered that several are indexed on Lurkhere.com -
    http://www.lurkhere.com/cgi-bin/forums/dcboard.cgi?az=list&forum=DCForumID19&archive=
    Conferences Lurkers' Library Topic #11
    Also worth noting if you are going to be making changes:
    About preserving a copy of your registry and re restoration when necessary:
    http://www.glocktalk.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=2155392&highlight=freeware#post2155392
    "Restoring computer"
    m

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    Additional sites/sources for Startup detecting/management programs:
    (see actual page for links to the programs)
    http://www.pacs-portal.co.uk/startup_content.php#THE_PROGRAMS
    Very good page for explanations and step-by-step instructions re msconfig and startups, see the above -
    (excerpt)
     
  7. 0100010

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    Additional resources :

    For Services, to decide which ones you want and which ones you don't - http://www.blackviper.com/WinXP/servicecfg.htm - alter your Services by going to Start - Run - Type "services.msc" w/o the quotes.

    For startup applications : http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php - safest method to alter startup apps is in msconfig - Start - Run Type "msconfig" w/o the quotes.

    FWIW - a screenshot of my Processes tab in Task Manager, XP Pro SP2, you don't need that much stuff running for a PC to function securely, the instance of iexplore.exe is GlockTalk.