How to Stop Programs From Running on Startup in Windows XP

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How to Stop Programs From Running on Startup in Windows XP
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Programs start automatically when you boot your computer because you added them to the start-up folder, or the software installation process added them for you. It may be necessary to remove the programs from the start-up folder in order to troubleshoot start up problems, or to reduce the amount of time that it takes for your computer to boot. Start-up programs are located in your user and the all users profiles in Windows XP Home and Professional.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Log in to the Windows XP computer as an administrative user. Click the green "Start" button in the lower-left corner of the window.

  2. 2

    Select "All Programs" from the menu. Right-click on "Startup." Click on "Open All Users."

  3. 3

    Right-click on the icon for the program that you want to remove from the start up process. Select "Delete" from the menu. Click "Delete Shortcut" in the "Confirm Shortcut Delete" window.

  4. 4

    Repeat Step 3 until you have deleted all of the shortcuts for the programs that you want to remove from the start up process. Click on the "X" in the upper-right corner of the "Startup" window to close it. Log off of the computer.

  5. 5

    Log in to the Windows XP computer using your user name and password. Click the green "Start" button in the lower left corner of the window. Select "All Programs" from the menu. Highlight "Startup."

  6. 6

    Right-click on the program you want to remove. Select "Delete" from the menu. Click "Delete Shortcut" in the "Confirm Shortcut Delete" window.

  7. 7

    Repeat Step 6 until you have deleted all of the shortcuts for the programs that you want to remove from the start up process.

Tips and warnings

  • Backup your system before making changes so you have a way to recover accidentally deleted files.

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