Doug's Windows Tweaks And Tips - Startup Programs

Control Programs That Run at Startup

The best way to prevent a program from running at Startup, is to check the program's own options for a way to prevent this.  Most good quality programs will provide an option for this. 

If you can't find the option there, click Start, Run and enter MSCONFIG.  Go to the Startup tab, and uncheck the item there.  This method is not always 100% successful.  An example is a program that you do use, but you don't want running automatically.  Some programs will check to see if the program's own options say it should run at Startup. If the program thinks its supposed to load at startup, it will re-create the autorun entry.

A small utility that can help you determine where things are loading from is Startup Programs Tracker, which can be downloaded here.

This page last updated 06/03/2011 06:10
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