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September 15, 2005 9:13:24 PM

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My neighbour has way too much stuff in his systray
(quicktime/jukeboxes etc.) all stuff he never uses.

How can these unwanted programs be removed ?

Thanks in advance
Pete
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September 15, 2005 9:13:25 PM

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There are a number of ways. One thing to keep in mind is the
difference between disabling the Startup or Watchdog and just
inhibiting it's SysTray icon. Most Startups/Watchdogs have a
configuration setting, by Right Clicking an icon a context menu
will appear. Most have a Settings or configuration option. If
you simply "Hide" them, the actual service will likely still be
running and consuming resources. XP has a configuration tool
called MSConfig.Exe. There is a Startup (TAB) where you can
see the listing of Startups. These can be triggered from a Startup
program group, Registry or other methods. Not all are necessary,
things like Real Audio, QuickTime and others are just watchdogs
that are waiting around to be used. Others are likely Security type
apps (AntiVirus, Firewall) and shouldn't be inhibited from running.
Using MSConfig you can determine what application they belong
to by the path, such as C:\Program Files\....You just uncheck an
item and reboot your PC. At startup MSConfig will present you
with a "Nag" screen that normal startups have been modified.

"Pete" <speedy99ukREMOVETHIS@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message
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> My neighbour has way too much stuff in his systray
> (quicktime/jukeboxes etc.) all stuff he never uses.
>
> How can these unwanted programs be removed ?
>
> Thanks in advance
> Pete
Anonymous
September 15, 2005 10:23:14 PM

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Open Start, Run, type (without quotes) 'msconfig' click OK and select the Startup tab.

Note: Disabling the startup elements will not uninstall them, but preventing them to load when Windows starts up.

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"Pete" <speedy99ukREMOVETHIS@yahoo.co.uk> wrote in message news:u97ji1lnbpb4bddb1okvlg2k8u4a5ti730@4ax.com...
> My neighbour has way too much stuff in his systray
> (quicktime/jukeboxes etc.) all stuff he never uses.
>
> How can these unwanted programs be removed ?
>
> Thanks in advance
> Pete
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September 16, 2005 12:27:29 AM

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Pete wrote:

> My neighbour has way too much stuff in his systray
> (quicktime/jukeboxes etc.) all stuff he never uses.
>
> How can these unwanted programs be removed ?
>
> Thanks in advance
> Pete

First step should be to check in the options for the program you don't
want to start and see if there is a setting to tell it not to run at
startup. The next step is to remove any entries you don't want from the
two startup folders:

C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

For anything else uncheck their entries in the startup tab of msconfig:
Start | Run | Msconfig | Ok


Another option is to remove the reference to them from one of these keys
in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

Make sure you have a backup of the registry using a program like ERUNT
before making any changes to the registry.

http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/
http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/erunt...

[Installing & Using ERUNT]
http://www.silentrunners.org/sr_eruntuse.html
http://www.winxptutor.com/regback.htm

[ERUNT] - Direct download
http://www.aumha.org/downloads/erunt.zip
http://www.aumha.org/downloads/erunt-setup.exe

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Anonymous
September 16, 2005 11:15:03 AM

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Pete wrote:
>
> My neighbour has way too much stuff in his systray
> (quicktime/jukeboxes etc.) all stuff he never uses.
> How can these unwanted programs be removed ?

Best way is to run the application that is putting the icon in the tray,
and locating the "setup" or "config" item in it's menu and telling the
app NOT to load when windows starts up.





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September 16, 2005 3:27:13 PM

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On Thu, 15 Sep 2005 17:13:24 +0100, Pete
<speedy99ukREMOVETHIS@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

>My neighbour has way too much stuff in his systray
>(quicktime/jukeboxes etc.) all stuff he never uses.
>
>How can these unwanted programs be removed ?
>
>Thanks in advance
>Pete

Many thanks for your help

Pete
!