|Editing the Start Up Program Group
in the Start Menu
Startup Program Group or Startup
Editing this area is easy to do. The Startup folder is located in
the Start Menu.
Click your start button. Under Programs (all Programs in XP) look
for the folder called Startup.
All items in the Startup Folder will start when your computer is
started or when you log into your program.
||If you are unsure what something is in this folder, try
right-clicking on it and choose "Properties". Information in
this window may help you identify what it is. The Target file
is telling you where the program is located. Sometimes the path
(what is in the target field) can give you clues.
||Removing something from the startup folder.
Hover your mouse over anything that is in the Startup folder.
To remove it, right-click on the item you want to remove. Choose
This will remove the item from the startup folder. Since you are
already logged into your PC, you will have to reboot to start the PC
without those items already loaded into memory.
In some cases, an item may return on it's own. This is usually
something malicious and can not be removed by removing it from startup
alone. See the other categories on
Using explorer.exe to inspect and edit startup folders:
%windows directory%\All Users\Main menu\Programs\StartUp\ - for all users
%windows directory%\Main menu\Programs\StartUp\ - for current user
With Windows NT/2000/XP:
\\Documents and Settings\Admin\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\ - for current
\\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\ for all
||NOTE: Programs may also be loaded from the [Load]
or [Run] sections of your WIN.INI file, found in the Windows directory.