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Question #4465 posted on 03/27/2004 midnight

Dear 100 Hour Board,
Every time I restart my computer, about 20 things show up in the tray. I only use about 3 of them, and so I exit out of or close the rest. But every time the computer is restarted, they all show up again. How can I get these icons to not reload time after time, since I don't have any use for them anyway?

-Not so computer savvy

A: Dear not so savvy:

There are three places that Windows places programs that get loaded at startup:

1. In the "Startup" folder under the Start menu
2. In the registry folder HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun
3.In the registry folder HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionRun

Removing the programs from any of these three locations will keep them out of your tray. It may also be useful to see if the program itself has an option "Do not run in the system tray when I start Windows," but the registry is a sure-fire way to keep them from starting.

-- Misaneroth