"There are a few ways to do this, but the most direct way is just to edit their presence in the registry. Startup items are stored in the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. Generally, it's best to disable them before deleting them through MSCONFIG, so as to make sure they do not delete something crucial."
But there are more items shown in the Startup tab of MSCONFIG than are shown in the registry key. How can I eliminate the others that are not listed in the RUN registry key?
This was first published in October 2003