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How to restore the disabled startup programs after an upgrade from Windows 98 or Windows Millennium Edition to Windows XP
Article ID: 298427 - View products that this article applies to.
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After you upgrade your computer from Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Millennium to Windows XP, the programs that previously loaded during the startup process may not be listed in the notification area (the system tray), and they no longer start automatically when you start your computer.
This behavior can occur if Windows XP removes all of the program files (all of the .lnk and .exe files) from the Startup menu and the Run key in the registry, except for the "known good programs," which are not removed. You can observe this behavior after Setup is complete and you have logged on to your computer for the first time. The files and values are moved to a hidden folder and registry key. Then, the Microsoft System Configuration Utility (Msconfig.exe) is populated with the Startup tab information.
To work around this issue, reinstall the values to the registry and the programs from the Startup folders:
If you enabled all of the programs that are listed in "Startup Programs Removed During Setup," the next time that the System Configuration Utility starts, the Restore Startup Programs option is unavailable, and the programs are migrated to the Startup tab.
NOTE: Many of these programs can cause problems when you start the computer in Windows XP. After you have restored the programs, you can use the System Configuration Utility to disable these programs on the Startup tab if you have difficulty starting Windows XP.
After you have restored the programs, if you cannot restart your computer in Windows, follow these steps:
281995For additional information about the Restore Startup Programs option, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/281995/EN-US/ )How to Troubleshoot Using the Msconfig Utility in Windows Millennium Edition
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/300886/EN-US/ )A Description of the Restore Startup Programs Option That Is Used When You Upgrade to Windows XP