Windows XP forum: Windows XP: How do I completely remove items in my startup folder?

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) January 22, 2010 3:06 PM PST

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Windows XP: How do I completely remove items in my startup folder?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 1/22/10 3:06 PM

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Windows XP: How do I completely remove items in my startup folder?


I'm running Windows XP Pro SP3 installed. How do I completely remove items in my startup folder that do not have a check mark in the box before the entry? I want to totally take it out of there so I don't even see it. There are times when I remove the check mark in the box and the next time or two when I reboot the item reappears again with a check mark in the box. Why is this happening? When I type msconfig in the run box and go to startup tab and remove the check mark, it sometimes comes back with a check mark there. I'm sure there is a way to completely remove the items that do not have a check mark in it as well but I don't know how to do it. I hope you or the members can submit an answer to my problems.

--Submitted by Mike

Here are some featured member answers to get you started, but
please read all the advice and suggestions that our
members have contributed to this question.

Removing start-up items in Windows --Submitted by GEO2003
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?messageID=3229331#3229331

Remove and monitor items in the start-up folder --Submitted by kfb1
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7813_102-0.html?messageID=3229389#3229389

Be careful what you ask for! --Submitted by charleswsheets
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?messageID=3230867#3230867

Removing is easy --Submitted by happy2000usa
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?messageID=3230786#3230786

Stopping programs from running --Submitted by jwatersphd
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-6142_102-0.html?messageID=3229369#3229369

Thank you to all who contributed!

Note: Some answers provided by our members include Windows registry editing. Unless you are pretty tech savvy and know what you are doing with the registry, DO NOT attempt to dabble in the Windows registry as any little mistake can and will cause havoc on your machine. Please proceed with caution!

If you have any additional suggestions or recomendations for Mike, please click on the reply link and submit your answer. Please be as detailed as possible when providing a solution. Thanks!

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