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msconfig mystery

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by octogenarian, May 8, 2006.

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  1. octogenarian

    octogenarian Thread Starter

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    I have Win XP Media Center Edition. When I run msconfig and click the startup tab, the long list of items shows up. I have the option of unchecking those items I do not wish to start up.

    There is a mystery here, however, because two items (both checked) are blanks, both in the name of the item and the command.

    Anybody have an idea what those items are and can I safely uncheck them?
     
  2. Rollin' Rog

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    They may be damaged registry entries.

    Run regedit and look for them in these locations and see if any entries show up that are not what you see named in msconfig.

    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

    If you uncheck them, they would normally be moved here:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg
     
  3. octogenarian

    octogenarian Thread Starter

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    Sorry. I did not do a good job of explaining the situation.

    In the startup tab, the first column is "startup item" and the second column is "command." The box to be checked or unchecked is at the left edge.

    In two of the rows on the start up tab, both "startup item" and "command" are blank. In both cases, the box at the left edge is checked.

    You suggested I "look for the item," but the item is not shown.
     
  4. Rollin' Rog

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    No, I'm pretty sure I understand what you are saying. I've seen these before.

    What I am asking you to do is look at the registry locations where your msconfig "location" column is pointing.

    Match everything up that you can -- and see if there is something there that doesn't match.

    The locations there are usually one of these three:

    HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
    and "commonstartup" > which is:

    C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
     
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