Programs open on to task bar at computer start up

  tonynoarm 20:37 20 Jan 2008
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Does anybody know how you prevent programs opening up and showing on the task bar? I have several that do that and I very seldom use them. If they can be removed, will it have any effect on my computer, beneficial or adverse?
Thanks

  MAJ 20:41 20 Jan 2008

Depends what they are, tonynoarm. You can stop them loading at startup by going to Start > Run, type in:

msconfig

and click OK, then click the Startup tab and untick the entry that refers to the programs. Then reboot your computer. They might also have a shortcut in your Startup Folder, so check that out as well.

  VoG II 20:42 20 Jan 2008
  MAJ 20:42 20 Jan 2008

There might even be an option within the program itself to stop it loading on start up.

  tonynoarm 21:02 20 Jan 2008

MAJ I ran msconfig and removed all but one of the programs. The remaining item relates to a scanner that I removed from my computer but did not seem to appear in msconfig - any more ideas please?

Also where do I find the start up folder?

Thanks

  MAJ 21:06 20 Jan 2008

If you're using XP it will be at:

C:\Documents and Settings\Your name\Start Menu\Programs

  tonynoarm 21:11 20 Jan 2008

Cheers Maj. You were a great help. Many thanks.

  MAJ 21:16 20 Jan 2008

Glad you got it sorted, tonynoarm.

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