This article was previously published under Q270035
This article describes how to modify a list of programs that run when you start Windows XP Home Edition or Windows Vista.
You can create and modify the list of programs that start automatically when you start or log on to your computer. Some of these programs can be set up to automatically configure themselves to run when you log on to your computer.
To modify the list of programs that run when you start Windows, choose one of the following methods.
Method 1: Use Windows Defender to modify the list of programs that run when a Windows XP Home Edition-based or a Windows Vista-based computer starts
Use Windows Defender to find out what programs are running when you start Windows XP Home Edition or Windows Vista..
Windows XP Home Edition
Visit the following Microsoft Web site to downloaded Windows Defender:
You can also use Windows Defender to scan for spyware or for other potentially unwanted software. For more information about how to use Windows Defender to scan for spyware and for other potentially unwanted software, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Method 2: Use a registry key to modify the list of programs that run when a Windows XP Home Edition-based computer starts
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322756 How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
If you want to modify only the list of legacy programs that run at Startup, use Registry Editor. To do this, follow these steps:
Start Registry Editor, and then locate one of the following registry keys: