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I’m sure you already know how to use both MsConfig, AutoRuns and RegEdit to control which applications to run when booting windows. I use MsConfig on a regular basis to stop unwanted programs from running. It’s a great tool on a daily basis, except that the list of deselected items tend to get rather long and annoying. Unchecking items doesn’t delete any entries. So how do you get rid of them completely ?

Here’s how

Note: Before modifying the Registry, check out our guide to working with the Windows Registry, which teaches you the basics and how to back up keys before making changes

Searching the Windows Registry (using RegEdit) for applications in the Run and First Run Folders will not show these “hidden” startup items. This is because they are hidden somewhere else:

  1. Open RegEdit
  2. Open the following folder:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig

There are two folders in particular we are looking for: StartupReg and StartupFolder

When you expand these you will find sub folders which in turn represent a startup item shown in the MsConfig interface.

Delete any of which you don’t want there. And that is how you keep your tools clean.

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Computer geek from the age of 7, which amounts to 30 years of computer experience. From the early days (when every computer company had their own OS) of DOS, Windows 1.0 through Seven...

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3 thoughts on “CleanUp MsConfig Application List [How To]”

  1. Silvio Corral says:

    You can also delete disabled itens using Autoruns as Administrator

  2. Steve says:

    A much easier method is using the System Configuration tool which can be found by going to your start button, Run (for Windows XP) or the Search Programs and Files (Windows 7) and typing msconfig – then going to the startup tab and unchecking what you don’t want starting w/the computer.  Restart the computer. You’re good.

    1. Rich says:

      Thomas is taking this one step further and showing you how to remove entries from this list entirely (not just start up.)

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