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Where Do All Those Startup Programs Hide?
Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP (Some locations do not apply to Windows 98/ME/NT/2000 all apply to Windows XP)

While the MSCONFIG tool (Click Start/Run and type MSCONFIG to invoke the configuration tool) provides the user some capability to modify programs that start with Windows, it does not provide comprehensive analysis of all possible startup programs and hidden registry locations. Only those registry locations below shown in green can be modified by using the MSCONFIG tool. It's a good idea for those comfortable with the Window Registry to monitor the following locations below for any mysterious programs which start with Windows. Most of these entry points are hidden from the user. Use REGEDIT to view the following Registry locations. To start the Registry Editor click "Start" "Run" and type in REGEDIT.
 HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows
 (In right-pane, Value named "Run" & "Load")

 HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\Userinit
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
 C:\Documents and Settings\{Username}\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

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