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terryx

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Where do I find the data file that I can edit to remove old and invalid program refences in msconfig? Its clooged up with startup options for programs I no longer have on my pc and Id like to clean it up...

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A couple of posts I copied from an old VD thread:

“Here is how to remove entries form the Startup menu.
But first make sure all entries in the Startup menu are
enabled (boxes checked), and that the computer is
Restarted prior to removing them from the Registry.
The reason for this is that unchecked entries are placed
in a different key folder, and they will reinstall
themselves during the next Restart.
If you are using Windows 98, there are already
several Registry backups stored on your computer
and you will not need to Backup the Registry.
However, if you are using Windows 95 you should
create another backup just to be safe.
To open the Registry go to
START-RUN-type,REGEDIT-click OK. The
Registry Editor should open up, Navigate to the
following KEY
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ Software \ Microsoft \
Windows \ CurrentVersion \ RUN
Highlight the RUN Key, and on the right you should
see all the entries which are shown in the Startup
Menu (occasionally another Key, RUNServices
located just below the RUN Key will have some
entries). To Remove an entry from the Startup Menu
just highlight the desired entry, go to EDIT, and
Select delete.
Now if for some reason you have a box which is left
UNCHECHED in the Startup Menu, it's associated
entry will appear in a newly created Key which is
(-RUN). But it creates a big run around when you
delete something out of the -RUN Key.”

And:

“you can remove them in the registry,type regedit in the run box then
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/software/microsoft/windows/
current version then scroll down to RUN and start looking through them all and delete the ones in the right pane”
 
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MSCONFIG turns uncheck entries into comments. To remove them Run SysEdit and delete them from each file. Then Run RegEdit, make a backup (File/Export), goto KEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ and look for the enties you want to delete. MSCONFIG moves entries from Run- and RunServices to other junk registry keys.
 

terryx

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Thanks DanO and Slipe... both your comments helped and it worked fine...

shouldnt all those entries have been removed when I uninstalled the referenced application though to begin with??:confused:
 
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You're welcome.

They may have if they were not converted to comments by MSCONFIG, but once converted the application's uninstall does not know where they when. Either way many uninstalls still don't remove everything, it a common problem.
 
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