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Startup Control Panel

Version: 2.8
Author: Mike Lin
Release: January 3, 2003
Download file size: 58 kB
OS: Windows all

Startup Control Panel


Startup Control Panel is a nifty control panel applet that allows you to easily configure which programs run when your computer starts. It's simple to use and, like all my programs, is very small and won't burden your system. A valuable tool for system administrators!

Startup Control Panel is compatible with all versions of Windows, including Windows 95, 98, 98SE, ME, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP.

If you are using Windows 95 or Windows NT4 and you do not have Internet Explorer installed, you may have to download an update to your Common Controls library.


Control Panel Applet: Run the setup program from the zip file.


Control Panel Applet: Use the Add/Remove Programs control panel -OR- delete Startup.cpl from your windows system directory. In either case Control Panel can't be open (If you are using Add/Remove programs, close the Control Panel window before hitting Add/Remove).


Control Panel Applet: Select "Startup" in the Control Panel.


The dialog contains six to seven tabs, depending on your system configuration. Each tab represents one place where a program can be registered to run at system startup. These include:

  • Startup (user) - the current user's Startup folder in the Start Menu.
  • Startup (common) - the common (all users) Startup folder in the Start Menu. Appears only on NT and multi-user Win9x systems.
  • HKLM / Run - the Run registry key located in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. These apply for all users.
  • HKCU / Run - the Run registry key located in HKEY_CURRENT_USER. These apply for the current user only.
  • Services - system services that are started before the user logs in. Does not appear on NT since it has its own Services control panel.
  • Run Once - started once and once only at the next system startup.
  • Deleted - programs go to the Deleted tab when you remove them from another location. They will not run at system startup, but will merely be stored should you ever want to use them again. If you delete an item from the Deleted tab, it is removed permanently.

Each page contains a list of the programs registered at that location. To manipulate them, right-click (or press Shift-F10). You can select multiple items using the Shift and Control keys. Options include:

  • New... - create a new entry. Note that you can also drag & drop files from My Computer or Explorer.
  • Edit... - edit an existing entry.
  • Delete - delete the currently selected entry.
  • Disable / Enable - disable or enable the selected entry. A disabled program will appear in the list with a special icon, and will not run at system startup. You can also use the checkbox next to an item to enable or disable it.
  • Run Now - executes the program now.
  • Send To - moves the entry from the current location to another.

You can also press F5 to refresh the list at any time.

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