Startup Programs - Enable or Disable

ByLine
How to Check and Change the Startup Programs in Vista
Synopsis
The Startup Programs are the programs that load when Vista starts. This will show you how to add, remove, enable, or disable a startup program.
How to Check and Change the Startup Programs in Vista

information   Information
These are the programs that load when Vista starts. This will show you how to add, remove, enable, or disable a startup program. For a list and description of startup programs with recommendations to have your listed program startup or not, see: SystemLookup - Startup List
Note   Note
To test if you have a startup program issue, startup in Safe Mode. If you startup into Safe Mode without any problems, then it could be a startup program. You can then disable the startup programs one by one until you find the one causing the problem.

You can also view the startup logs in Event Viewer (C:\Windows\system32\eventvwr.msc) under Applications and Services Logs, Microsoft, Windows, Diagnostics-Performance, and Operational. The logs will be in the middle to show you what ran at startup, how long it took, and more.
warning   Warning

  • First, check the program itself to see is it has an option to allow or not allow it to load or start when Vista starts. Most programs that startup with Vista will have this option.
  • It is a good idea to check the startup programs list every once in awhile to help make sure that some malware is not starting up with Vista too.
Tip   Tip
WHY ARE ELEVATED PROGRAMS BLOCKED BY UAC AT STARTUP ?
CREDIT TO:
jimmah.com: "Windows has blocked some startup programs"

A program or shortcut is listed as a startup program in either your startup folder, your run registry key, or the system-wide startup folder or run key, It will run at startup when you log on to your user account.

Because your startup folder and personal run registry key can be written to by non-administrative (non-elevated) programs, Windows cannot allow elevated (Run as administrator) programs to run at startup from these locations without prompting you with UAC first. Not doing so would allow untrusted non-administrative programs to place malware in these locations that would be started with Run as administrator privileges when you next logged on.

However, it is also inconvenient to be prompted by UAC every time you startup your computer or log on for each elevated program in the startup program list. Besides being extremely annoying, a malicous program could potentially put hundreds of malicious administrative programs in these locations, creating an endless series of prompts for you to deal with, creating a denial-of-service scenario.

Since neither option is desirable, Microsoft has decided to not allow elevated applications from running at startup automatically from these locations without prompting you with a UAC prompt to allow it permission to run first.

It would also not be a good idea to allow elevated programs to be launched from the machine-wide startup folder and run registry location, since elevated programs can only be started inside of administrative accounts, or from a standard user account with an administrator's credentials entered on-demand from a UAC prompt.


The reason the task scheduler solution (See Method Two inOPTION ONEbelow in tutorial) is allowed to work is because non-administrative programs cannot create scheduled tasks automatically, so there is no way for malware to abuse this task service in the way that is possible with the other startup methods by being in the one of the default startup program list locations.




OPTION ONE
How To Add a Startup Program

METHOD ONE:
Through the Startup Folder
1. For the Current User Account Only
A) Open the Start Menu.​
NOTE: You can also open the Startup folder by typing shell:startup in the white line (Start Search) area and pressing Enter.
B) Click on All Programs.​
C) Right click the Startup folder and click Open. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: This hidden folder is also located at:
C:\Users\(Username)\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
D) Go to step 3.​

Start_Menu.jpg


2. For All User Accounts
NOTE: This will need to be done while logged on to a administrator account.​
A) In Windows Explorer, go to the hidden folder below.​
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

3. Cut/Copy and Paste a shortcut for the program you want to start at startup inside the Startup folder window. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you already added a program by this method here, then you can also delete it here to remove it from startup as well. It would be best to use a shortcut that was created straight from the .EXE of the program.
4. Close Window when done.​
Startup_Folder.jpg


METHOD TWO:
Through Task Scheduler
Note   Note
Vista will block a startup program that requires it to Run as administrator from running at startup with a UAC prompt in Vista. To get around this, you can create a task in Task Scheduler. See the WHY ARE ELEVATED PROGRAMS BLOCKED BY UAC AT STARTUP ? in the yellow TIP box section at the top for more on this.
NOTE: Create a task to Start a program (Step 20) with the program's EXE file, check Run with highest privileges (Step Four), and have it set to be triggered at startup (Step Five).​





OPTION TWO
How to Remove , Enable , or Disable a Startup Program
Note   Note
There are three methods: Windows Defender, System Configuration (msconfig), or the Registry Editor. First check the program itself to see is it has a option to allow or not allow it to load or start when Vista starts and uncheck it. Most programs will have this option.

METHOD ONE:
With Windows Defender
1. Open Control Panel. (Classic View)​
2. Click on the Windows Defender icon.​
3. In Windows Defender, click on Tools at top.​
4. Click on Software Explorer. (See screenshot below)​
Windows_Defender1.jpg

5. Click on the Show for all users button. (See screenshot below)​
6. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
7. Under Category:, make sure that Startup Programs is selected. (See screenshot below)​
8. Select the startup program you want to change.​
NOTE: The Remove, Disable, and Enable buttons will be grayed out for Vista system programs and device drivers to prevent changes to them. You can use Device Manager for the driver programs, and also msconfig in METHOD TWO below for these. If the program is blocked, then click Quarantined items in the screenshot below step 4 to see if it is listed to be approved by you. Also check in MSCONFIG in METHOD TWO below to see if it unchecked there.
Select.jpg

9. To Remove a Startup Program
A) Click on the Remove button. (See screenshot above)​
B) Click on Yes to the confirmation prompt. (See screenshot below)​
C) The startup program is now removed.​
Remove_Confirmation.jpg


10. To Disable a Startup Program
A) Click on the Disable button. (See screenshot above step 9)​
B) Click on Yes to the confirmation prompt. (See screenshot below)​
C) The startup program is now disabled.​
Disable_Confirmation.jpg


11. To Enable a Startup Program
A) Click the Enable button. (See screenshot above step 9)​
NOTE: This will only be available if you have only disabled the startup program and not removed it.
B) Click on the Windows Defender notification dialog box or icon on the taskbar. (See screenshot below)​
Notification.jpg

C) Under Action column, confirm that Permit is listed. If not, then change it. (See screenshot below)​
D) Click on the Apply Actions button.​
E) The startup program is now enabled again.​
Apply_Actions.jpg


12. Close Windows Defender.​

METHOD TWO:
With System Configuration - msconfig
Note   Note
This does not close the startup program until the next restart. You must close it yourself or restart the computer to apply. You should look in msconfig (Option Two, Method Two above) to help you determine what each startup program listed in the registry is for.
1. Open System Configuration.​
NOTE: In Administrative Tools in Control Panel or Start Menu.​
A) Click on System Configuration.​

2. Go to step 3 below.​
OR
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type msconfig and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. Click on the Startup tab. (See screenshot below)​
5. To Disable a Startup Program
A) Uncheck the startup program.​
NOTE: Click Disable all button to uncheck all startup programs.

6. To Enable a Startup Program
A) Check the startup program you already disabled (unchecked) before.​
NOTE: Click Enable all button to check all startup programs.

7. Click on OK.​
MsConfig.jpg

8. When the computer restarts next. You will get this message below. (See screenshot below)​
9. Click on the tray icon.​
NOTE: You will get this blocked notification everytime you restart until you check this box (Step 12 below), or Enable or Remove the startup program. Checking the box will only stop the blocked notification for these changes to the startup program. If you make more changes to the startup programs, then this blocked notification will reappear until you check the box again.
MsConfig_Notification.jpg

10. You will now see this menu box. (See screenshot below)​
NOTE: If you want to go to Windows Defender Software Explorer menu (See screenshot from the above section's step 8), then click Show or remove blocked startup programs.
11. Click on Run blocked program and click on System Configuration Utility.​
Dialog2.jpg

12. To Stop the "Windows has Blocked Some Startup Programs" and leave the startup program disabled -​
A) Check the box and click on OK. (See screenshot below step 13)​
NOTE: You will get this blocked notification (Step 9 above) everytime you restart until you check this box, or Enable or Remove the startup program. Checking the box will only stop the blocked notification for these changes to the startup program. If you make more changes to the startup programs, then this blocked notification will reappear until you check the box again.

13. To just Open System Configuration again -
A) Leave the box unchecked and click on OK. (See screenshot below)​
B) Go to back step 4 to make any changes​
again.​
Check.jpg



METHOD THREE:
With the Registry Editor
Note   Note
If you want to modify only the list of legacy programs that run at Startup, use Registry Editor. If you want to add a startup program, then do the OPTION ONE section above. It is safer.
1. Open the Start Menu.​
2. In the white line (Start Search) area, type regedit and press Enter.​
3. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
4. For Current User Only:
A) In regedit, go to: (See screenshots below step 5)​
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
AND
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

5. To Delete a Startup Program
A) In the right pane, right click on the program listed that you do not want to run at startup and click Delete.​
B) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.​
Current_User_Run.jpg
HKCU_RunOnce.jpg


6. For All User Accounts:
A) In regedit, go to: (See screenshots below step 7)​
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
AND
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

7. To Delete a Startup Program
A) In the right pane, right click on the program listed that you do not want to run at startup and click on Delete.​
B) Click on Yes to confirm the deletion.​
Local_Machine_Run.jpg
Local_Machine_RunOnce.jpg


8. Close regedit when done.​

METHOD FOUR:
With CCleaner
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)​
CCleaner.jpg

3. Select a startup item, then either enable, disable, or delete it from the Vista startup programs list.​

That's it,
Shawn




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Thanks Brink, this solution did it. :-)
 

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Brink

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Your welcome Pug. I'm happy to hear it is working properly now.

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Your welcome Petej, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Shawn
 

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bennys

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Hello!
I have two questions:
1. When the comp boots up and the Microsoft logo pops up, there is no (ping) sound. Also, the Continue UAC prompt neither. How do I enable the sound?

2. I used Method 3, which is the Registry Editor. Can you check out my startup programs and tell me which one I can disable without negative effects on my comp operation?
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Thanks.
 
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Hi Bennys,

Q1) If you mean the startup sound, it isn't a ping sound in Vista. You can look at Method One (step 3) for how to turn it on though in this tutorial.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/87247-sound-scheme.html

I'm not sure what you mean with the UAC prompt though. It does not usually appear at startup by default.


Q2) Your attached image is no longer available. Are you deleting the attached files from your User CP? Doing so will cause them to no longer be available in your posts that you have them attached in.

The safest method is Method One with Windows Defender. This way you can just disable them to see how things run without them. If not well, then you can go back and enable it again. You can also lookup the listed startup program at the CastleCops link in the Information box at the top of the tutorial, or Google, to see what it is for.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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bennys

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Ahhh...thanks.
Q1: Solved. Stupid me, I muted the volume.

Q2: Ahhh...thanks for the new info. I didn't know that. I removed the attached image from the USER CP. No wonder why you couldn't see the screenshot from my previous posts.
Tell me if it works this time.
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LOL, I've done that a few times with the Mute button.

Yes, the image works great now. ;)

I do not see anything out of the ordinary that should not be there in the startup list, but I would recommend Method One with Windows Defender. This way you will be able to enable it again if it turns out you needed it. If you delete in the registry, the only way to fix it may be with a System Restore.

Only you really know what all you have installed and connected to your computer, so it's almost impossible for me to tell you what you do and do not need to have running at startup unless it's just something obvious that stands out as junk. I would look up each EXE file at CastleCops that you do not know what program it is with to help determine if you want it running at startup. Afterwards, disable any one you do not want as a test to see how things run without it.
 

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bennys

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Thanks. The CastleCops link doesn't work any more. Neither does Googling it works. I think the StartupList index has been removed. Oh well..I'm going to use the Windows Defender method and see how it works.
Thank you.
 

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The link works for me, but it is very slow. They may be overloaded right now. Be sure to type in the full name of the listed EXE file for Google. Strange, you should get enough results back to help determine what program it belongs to.

Hope it goes well for you.
 

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pobi

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great help.

wow thanks for the information! this will help me a lot because my sister and i were planning to use vista now that were encountering problems with our current operating system. :D
 

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You're welcome Pobi, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Shawn
 

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    Lumia 1520 phone
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bennys

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Hello Shawn!
I have one startup problem with 3 consecutive annoying pops-ups. Whenever my computer startups, these three dialog boxes pops-ups always asking me if I want to run these files. They all have a check box option to disable them. However, each time I uncheck these boxes, they always reappear every time a new startup commence.

First one: C:\Windows\System32\igfxtray.exe.


Second one: C:\Windows\System32\hkcmd.exe.


Final one: C:\Windows\System32\igfxpers.exe


I know how to disable\/remove them but I think these programs are critical to the
system operation. Can you please help to eliminate these eyesore promts?

Thanks in advance.
 
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Brink

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mvp
Hello Bennys,

Here is a description of each file: igfxtray.exe, hkcmd.exe, and igfxpers.exe
They look like they are all part of you Intel graphic drivers.

You can use Option One - Method Two in this tutorial to create a task to run these at startup instead, then disable them in the normal startup program list.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
 

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Hello Bennys,

Here is a description of each file: igfxtray.exe, hkcmd.exe, and igfxpers.exe
They look like they are all part of you Intel graphic drivers.

You can use Option One - Method Two in this tutorial to create a task to run these at startup instead, then disable them in the normal startup program list.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
Thank you Shawn.
Before I go ahead and use the the recommended method you are referring to. I just want to double check if it is the correct one before I start.
METHOD TWO:
Through Task Scheduler
which redirects me to see this tutorial "How to Create a Task in Vista Task Scheduler". Is it the correct one? If so, what would be the action for this specific task?

Thanks.
 
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Brink

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Yep, that is the correct one Bennys. You would just create a new task there for each exe file using this: ;)

NOTE: Create a task to Start a program (Step 20) with the program's EXE file, check Run with highest privileges (Step Four), and have it set to be triggered at startup (Step Five).
 

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bennys

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Beautifully DONE.
Thank you Brink for your simple step-by-step tutorial with such great patience.
You've saved me all these irritating eyesore pops-ups.:party:
 

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Brink

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You're welcome Bennys.

Shawn
 

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KindaLost

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i was trying to get a game to run correctly and i disabled all the startup items to see if one of them was making it run funny. it wasnt. and now the startup items wont come back on. i click enable all and ok nothing. i click one or two and apply nothing. it doesnt even ask me to restart so it obviously has no intention to listen to me. what should i do?
 

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