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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

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