Computer Tips - Why did Windows start that program when my computer booted?

Date: 2007nov23 Updated: 2012jan31 OS: Windows Keywords: start menu Q. Why did Windows start that program when my computer booted? A. As far as I know, Windows starts programs at boot these ways: - Programs in the current user's Startup folder (Vista and Win7) c:\Users\CURRENT-USER\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup - Programs in "All Users" Startup folder c:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup - Programs in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run in the registry - Services Its a good idea to check these places occasionally to make sure extra junk isn't getting started. There are Also RunOnce keys in the registry http://support.microsoft.com/kb/137367