How to Change, Add, or Remove Startup Programs in Windows 7

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How to Change, Add, or Remove Startup Programs in Windows 7

Post by diamonds on Sun May 20, 2012 1:34 am



METHOD ONE

Through the Program Itself

NOTE: Some programs may
have a setting in them to allow it to run at startup or not. You will
need to consult the program's documentations on how to do this
specifically for their program if it is available for that program
.<blockquote>1. Open the program's settings menu.

2. To Add the Program to Startup -<blockquote>A) Select the program's Run at startup type option.
</blockquote>3. To Remove the Program from Startup -<blockquote>A) Unselect the program's Run at startup type option.
</blockquote></blockquote>




METHOD TWO

Through the Startup Folder

NOTE: You can add or
remove shortcuts to programs or files from the Startup folder to have
them run or open at the startup of Windows 7
.

1. Right click on the exe file of the program you want to run at startup, or file to open at startup, and click on Create Shortcut.
NOTE: This is the shortcut that you will add to the Startup folder in either Option One or Option Two below. Skip this step if you are only removing a shortcut from the Startup folder.<blockquote>A) Do either OPTION ONE "Current User" or OPTION TWO "All Users" below for what you want.
</blockquote><blockquote>




OPTION ONE
For Current Single User Only

NOTE: The single (current) user Startup folder is a hidden system folder located at:
</blockquote>C:\Users\(User-Name)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup<blockquote><blockquote>2. Open the Start Menu.

3. Click on All Programs, right click on the Startup folder, and click on Open or Explore. (See screenshot below)<blockquote>
</blockquote><blockquote>A) Go to step 5.
</blockquote>OR

4. In the Start Menu search line, type shell:startup and press Enter. (See screenshot below)<blockquote>
</blockquote>5. To Add a Startup Program or File Shortcut <blockquote>A) Drag the shortcut created from step 1 to inside the Startup folder and drop it. (See screenshot below)<blockquote>
</blockquote></blockquote>6. To Remove a Startup Program or File Shortcut <blockquote>A) Right click on the shortcut in the Startup folder and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)
</blockquote>7. Close the Startup folder when done. (See screenshot below step 5A)
</blockquote>




OPTION TWO
For All Users

NOTE: The all users Startup folder is a hidden system folder located at:
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup<blockquote>2. Open the Start Menu.

3. Click on All Programs, right click on the Startup folder, and click on Open All Users or Explore All Users. (See screenshot below)<blockquote>
</blockquote>4. To Add a Startup Program or File Shortcut <blockquote>A) Drag the shortcut created from step 1 to inside the Startup folder and drop it. (See screenshot below)<blockquote>
</blockquote></blockquote>5. To Remove a Startup Program or File Shortcut <blockquote>A) Right click on the shortcut in the Startup folder and click on Delete. (See screenshot above)
</blockquote>6. Close the Startup folder when done. (See screenshot below step 4A)
</blockquote></blockquote>




METHOD THREE

Through System Configuration (msconfig)

NOTE: Using the Selective
Startup option in System Configuration (msconfig), you can enable or
disable startup programs. You will need to be logged into an administator account, or provide the administrator password to open System Configuration
.
WARNING: It would be best to also check the registry entries in METHOD FOUR below as well, since msconfig may not always show all startup programs.<blockquote>1. Open the Start Menu.<blockquote>A) In the search line, type msconfig and press Enter. (See screenshot below) <blockquote>
</blockquote>B) Go to step 3.
</blockquote>OR

2. Open the Control Panel (All items view) and click on the Administrative Tools icon, then click on System Configuration. Close the Control Panel and Administrative Tools windows.

3. If prompted, click on Continue for the UAC prompt, or type in the administrator's password.

4. Click on the Startup tab. (See screenshot below)


Tip
If you look under the Location column for the Start Item, you will see the registry location for it that you can use to remove the startup item using METHOD FOUR below instead. <blockquote>
</blockquote>5. To Disable a Startup Program <blockquote>A) Select a listed startup program and uncheck it. (See screenshot above)

B) Repeat to disable anymore listed startup programs.
</blockquote>6. To Enable a Startup Program<blockquote>A) Select a listed startup program and check it. (See screenshot below step 4)

B) Repeat to enable anymore listed startup programs.
</blockquote>7. To Disable All Listed Startup Programs<blockquote>A) Click on the Disable all button. (See screenshot below step 4)

B) Go to step 9.
</blockquote>8. To Enable All Listed Startup Programs<blockquote>A) Click on the Enable all button. (See screenshot below step 4)
</blockquote>9. Click on Apply. (See screenshot below step 4)

10. Click on the Boot tab, then check the Make all boot settings permanent box and click on OK. (See screenshot below)<blockquote>
</blockquote>11. Click on Yes. (See screenshot below)<blockquote>
</blockquote>12. Click on the Restart button to apply. (See screenshot below)
WARNING: This will restart your computer immediately. Save and close anything that you are working on first.<blockquote>
</blockquote></blockquote>




METHOD FOUR

Manually in Registry Editor

NOTE: This will allow you
to remove a startup program for either the current single user or all
users. If you wanted to add a startup program, then METHOD TWO above would be a safer and easier way to do so
.<blockquote>1. Open the Start Menu.

2. In the search line, type regedit and press Enter. (See screenshot below)<blockquote>
</blockquote>3. For "Current User" Only Locations<blockquote>A) In regedit, go to: (See screenshots below)

</blockquote></blockquote>HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
AND
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>


</blockquote></blockquote>4. For "All Users" Locations<blockquote>A) In regedit, go to: (See screenshots below)

</blockquote></blockquote>For 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
AND
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
AND (If added by Group Policy)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run
AND (If added by Group Policy)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run<blockquote><blockquote>AND

</blockquote></blockquote>For 64-bit Windows 7 only:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
AND
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce<blockquote><blockquote><blockquote>

</blockquote></blockquote>5. In the right pane of Run and/or RunOnce, right click on the startup program you want to remove and click on Delete. (See screenshots above)
NOTE: RunOnce is only to run the program once for the next time that Windows 7 starts up. Run is to run the program everytime that Windows 7 starts up.

6. Click on Yes to confirm deletion.

7. When done, close regedit.
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METHOD FIVE

Using CCleaner
<blockquote>1. If you have not already, download and install the free program CCleaner.

2. Open CCleaner, and click on the Tools icon (left side) and on the Startup button. (See screenshot below)<blockquote>
</blockquote>3. Select a startup item, then either enable, disable, or delete it from the Vista startup programs list. (See screenshot above)
</blockquote>




METHOD SIX

Through Task Scheduler




Note
By default, you cannot run a elevated (Run as administrator) program that requires UAC permission at startup using the normal Windows 7 startup programs above.

For a Administrator User Account:
You can have Run as administrator (elevated) programs run at startup for a administrator account by running it in a startup task in Task Scheduler.

For a Standard User Account:
You will not be able to run elevated programs at startup for a standard user account though. Only unelevated programs (ex: Notepad).

1. For how to create a startup task, see:

How to Create a Task to Run a Program at Startup and Log On in Windows 7


http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1401-startup-programs-change.html

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