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    Is there a way to remove start up items that are no longer installed within MSCONFIG?

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    In order to remove the 'no longer used' programs in msconfig > Startup tab you'll need to edit you're registry. First you need to either back up your registry or create a new restore point. To back up registry, go to Start >Run >type in regedit> OK. In the registry >File >Export >create a name like regbackup and save to a file you will remember if you need to restore in the future).

    Having backed up, click the + on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (depending on windows version it can show up as HKLM )...scroll down to SOFTWARE click the + then to Microsoft click the +, then to Shared Tools + then MSConfig + then startupfolder + (if there) you will see some entries that are no longer in use, you may right click and delete any or all. After this, go to the next file down from startupfolder, it should be startupreg click the + and delete any or all entries. After this, just shut down the Registry Editor window. Go to msconfig >startup tab and it should be cleaned up.

    The address is written like this:

    [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg]
    [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupfolder]

    or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE instead of HKLM

    Should you want to revive any of the deleted programs, the easiest way would be to start that particular program and select the option to run on startup. The other way of course would be to Import the regbackup file you saved, but all entries would then be reinstalled.

    For interest, the 'active' starup programs are here:

    [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
    [HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
    also
    [HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]
    In the right side window, the values should show as Run & Load

    (HKCU being HKEY_CURRENT_USER)

    Hope this helps.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck
    In order to remove the 'no longer used' programs in msconfig > Startup tab you'll need to edit you're registry. First you need to either back up your registry or create a new restore point. To back up registry, go to Start >Run >type in regedit> OK. In the registry >File >Export >create a name like regbackup and save to a file you will remember if you need to restore in the future).

    Having backed up, click the + on the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE (depending on windows version it can show up as HKLM )...scroll down to SOFTWARE click the + then to Microsoft click the +, then to Shared Tools + then MSConfig + then startupfolder + (if there) you will see some entries that are no longer in use, you may right click and delete any or all. After this, go to the next file down from startupfolder, it should be startupreg click the + and delete any or all entries. After this, just shut down the Registry Editor window. Go to msconfig >startup tab and it should be cleaned up.

    The address is written like this:

    [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg]
    [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupfolder]

    or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE instead of HKLM

    Should you want to revive any of the deleted programs, the easiest way would be to start that particular program and select the option to run on startup. The other way of course would be to Import the regbackup file you saved, but all entries would then be reinstalled.

    For interest, the 'active' starup programs are here:

    [HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
    [HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run]
    also
    [HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows]
    In the right side window, the values should show as Run & Load

    (HKCU being HKEY_CURRENT_USER)

    Hope this helps.
    That's perfect!

    Cheers Canuck

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    Glad it worked for you sunhawk