Disable startup programs in Windows® Registry
What are the guidelines to disable startup programs in Windows and the technique to view and modify startup items from Registry?
Windows Registry is a database which has the capability to store configuration settings on Windows operating system. Windows registry provides the settings for both; the low level operating system components and the applications like device drivers and user interface etc. running on the platform. Windows Registry can also be used by the third party applications. One should not try to uninstall programs by deleting files and folders with the Windows Explorer. This would make the registry entries corrupt and could cause all sorts of problems. It is noticed that if two processes try to update the same registry value at a time, then one of the process's change would lead to the changes in the other. But the overall stability of the data would be maintained.
Following are the ways to view and modify startup items from Registry:
- Disabling Windows Startup Programs
- To Modify startup items from Registry
- To View startup items from Registry
Disabling Windows Startup Programs
To disable the Windows Startup Programs, it is recommended that you use the 'System Configuration Utility'. This utility can be accessed by selecting 'Run' from 'Start' menu. Here, type 'msconfig' and then press 'Enter'. A list of all the programs that start in the Windows Registry will be displayed here. This list of programs is present under the Startup tab. It is advised that you keep the lines that say SystemTray and ScanRegistry. You can get the technical support from the DoIT help desk regarding disabling other startup programs.
To modify startup items from Registry
Serious trouble might occur when you try to modify the start up items from registry incorrectly. In order to modify them correctly, it is suggested that you follow certain steps. First start 'Registry Editor'. After this it is advised that you try to locate the registry keys. A program which you do not want to run at start up can be removed from the registry keys. It will ask you to back up the registry before you modify them. If you face any issues while modifying then, you can restore the registry.
In order to view the startup items it is recommended that you type the necessary commands. This would help to catalog all the registry values. If you have identified unnecessary registry values, then it is strongly recommended that you perform a 'Delete the key' by using the 'Remove-item property cmdlet'. This would also free-up disk space.
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