MSconfig - Startup (98SE)

  Diemmess 10:24 04 Jan 2005

Familiar with, and use "msconfig" to limit the items running at startup, but am embarrassed to see a list of dead items which are unticked but still there. In some cases the items are offshoots of malware which have been uninstalled very thoroughly.

How do I clear this dross? I'm prepared to search the registry, but "feel in my water" that there may be a simpler and obvious way?

Your advice will be used on a "family" computer which lives several miles away. I will be making a personal visit. It will help a lot to have a clear idea when I go!

  temp003 10:39 04 Jan 2005

There must be a simple program to do this sort of task, but I'm afraid I don't know any myself.

To remove manually the dead unticked entries in msconfig startup tab, note down the locations in the registry first (such as HKLM\Software\...\Run), retick them [this is the silly part], click OK to exit msconfig, then immediately open regedit, navigate to the relevant key, and delete the items on the right.

The startup items in the registry shown in msconfig are usually found in HKEY Local Machine (or HKEY Current User)\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ Current Version\ Run

Highlight Run on the left, find the items on the right, right click the name, delete, confirm.

After the deletions, the items should not appear in msconfig any more.

  JIM 10:42 04 Jan 2005

is ok and with the time you have spent here i would think you may have the programe already which should clear/delete the starup entries. RegSeeker?

  Simsy 11:29 04 Jan 2005

are at the registry key as indicated above... but ending with a minus sign;


Hope this helps.



  Diemmess 11:33 04 Jan 2005

Great stuff and many thanks to the rapid response crew.

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