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9/30/2014

How To Remove Startup Items

Remove, delete, and edit your startup items manually.

Right after Windows loads during startup, dozens of startup items can also be launched. These startup items can be useful and required or annoying or useless. Managing startup items can help speed up your computer and improve your overall user experience.

Delete, Remove, or Edit Startup Items with MSConfig

Using MSConfig may be the easiest way to access Startup Items through Windows. Just open your Run prompt and type MSConfig to get started. Some users experience a persistant warning box after restart telling them that the startup items have been edited.

  1. Type Windows+R (or go to Start > Run).
  2. Type MSConfig and hit Enter.
  3. Click on the Startup tab.
  4. Uncheck items you want to disable.
  5. Click Apply.
How to Remove Startup Items with MSConfig

Manually Delete, Remove, or Edit Startup Items

Startup items are launched from several reference points on your computer. Some startup items are launched via shortcuts in your user profile folders. Other startup items are launched via registry entried in the Run, RunAS, and RunOnce keys. To remove them manually, you must check both the registry locations and physical shortcut locations.

How to Remove Startup Item Shortcuts:

First you must find all the startup item shortcuts. Then you can delete those you don't want. To find these shortcuts, you need to check each user profile folder in Documents and Settings.

  1. Type Windows+R (or go to Start > Run).
  2. Type %UserProfile%\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and hit Enter.
  3. This folder contains all startup item shortcut for the current user.
  4. Check this same folder (\Start Menu\Programs\Startup) for each user profile in Documents and Settings.
  5. Once you have found all the startup shortcuts, you may delete any you don't want.
How to Remove Startup Item Shortcuts

How to Remove Startup Item Registry Entries:

First you need to open RegEdit using the Run prompt. Once inside of RegEdit, you will need to check inside the Run, RunAs, and RunOnce folders in both HKEY Local Machine and HKEY Current User. The path inside both of these parent directories will be \Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion.

  1. Type Windows+R (or go to Start > Run).
  2. Type RegEdit and hit Enter.
  3. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
  4. Check Run, RunAs, and RunOnce.
  5. Open HKEY_Current_User\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\
  6. Check Run, RunAs, and RunOnce.
  7. In these folders, delete or edit the registry keys as you wish.
How to Remove Startup Item Registry Entries