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Removing startup programs entirely in WinXP

In a previous Ask the Expert question, I noted that MSCONFIG in Windows XP lists programs to start at bootup on the startup tab, and I asked how I remove items entirely (not just uncheck them) from the startup tab? Here is your answer:

"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?

The startup tab lists the location in the registry. If this is different than the RUN location, then where are they located? Go to that location and remove them. Do not remove the location, just the executable name.
This was first published in October 2003

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