How to Prevent the Registry from loading programs on Start Up!

Launch Control I

Some programs tell Windows to launch them at  start-up by placing a shortcut in the Startup  folder. To remove start-up programs, right-click on the Start button and select Open. Double-click  on the Programs folder, then the Start Up folder.  Delete shortcuts to programs you don't want to run at start-up. Or just drag the shortcut out to the Desktop to temporarily remove it from the Start Up folder. You can drag it back later or delete it.

Launch Control II

Other programs tell Windows to launch them at start-up by editing the Windows Registry. (This tip is for the advanced user with a backed-up Registry.) To remove these programs, open the Registry Editor, and then  Delete any programs from the Name column that you don't want to run at start-up.

To open the Registry Editor, go to Start, Run, type in:  regedit   then click OK.

Generally applications are started from these areas: run= or load= lines of the win.ini file, the start up folder on the start menu and the registry run keys:


1. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

4. HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

5. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
RunServices

6. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
RunServicesOnce

7. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
RunOnce\Setup

Launch Control III 

To temporarily abort all Start Up folder launches, hold down the Shift key as Windows opens. Programs listed in the Start Up folder won't open this time, but will be there next time. To selectively launch these unopened programs, open the Start Up folder and double click on any icon.

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