Startup - multiple instances same item

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Startup - multiple instances same item

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Running Startup via msconfig, One of our PCs lists
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run 9 times. Can 8 of them
be disabled?

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Re: Startup - multiple instances same item

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HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run is a key in the registry; it can contain many entries.
The items in Startup most probably refer to different entries in the Run key, so you should *not* delete or disable them unless you are absolutely certain
- What the exact entry is, and
- That you don't want it to start automatically.
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Re: Startup - multiple instances same item

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Thank you. Shall leave them alone.

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Re: Startup - multiple instances same item

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Hi, Hans -

I went to Regedit to look at entries under HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run on the 2nd PC and I found the same only 1 [aside from Default REG _SZ (value not set)] in both PCs:
ctfmon.exe REG_ SZ c:\windows\system32\ctfmon.exe

My question: do you still recommend I keep the other 8 listed in msconfig? My aim is to speed up that computer and thought if there are entries pointing to the same entry, they could be disabled???

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Could you post a screenshot of the Startup tab of MSConfig? Thanks in advance.
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Re: Startup - multiple instances same item

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curious wrote:My question: do you still recommend I keep the other 8 listed in msconfig? My aim is to speed up that computer and thought if there are entries pointing to the same entry, they could be disabled???
You're probably a good candidate for a copy of WhatInStartup as it's sortable and, I hope that if there are dupes, it will show that to you, in any sequence you choose. It's free and easy to use, AND, in my opinion better than MSCONFIG.

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Re: Startup - multiple instances same item

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Hans, Hi -

Sorry the screenshot is so sloppy. Never used Paint so am unfamiliar with all its options. Hope this can tell you something.

Thank you.

P.S. When I went to Preview, I get a message "the extension bmp is not allowed." Would I use BBCode for this? If so, is there a tutorial on how to do it?

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You should save the screenshot as a .png, .jpg or .gif file; .bmp files are too big and therefore not allowed.

You can then use "Upload attachment" to add the .png, .jpg or .gif file to ypur post.
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"save the screenshot as a .png, .jpg or .gif file; ."

Thank you. Fingers crossed...
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If you look closely, you'll see that each of the HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run entries is for a different application (IntelMeM, LogMeIn, WinPatrol, etc.). I would leave these entries alone - if you disable one or more of them, your computer might not run as intended.
As long as you keep your security software updated and active, you should be OK.
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Re: Startup - multiple instances same item

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Thank you, Hans. I obviously didn't know how to read/interpret the entries. Your patience, as always, is most appreciated!

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