Batch file instead of using MSCONFIG

April 29, 2011 at 10:03:26
Specs: Windows XP
I have just loaded a new program on a computer. The old version I want to stay on, however, I do not want to to lauch at the startup. I do not want to use MSCONFIG to kill that process on startup so I am looking for a batch file of something along those lines that will somehow go into the MSCONFIG and turn that process off just by a click of a button..


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April 30, 2011 at 07:18:38
Instead of addressing a symptom, in this case stopping a program after it starts, try addressing the problem, prevent the program from starting in the first place.

To my knowledge, there are three places where programs start automatically:
1.) The Startup folder
2.) The "Run" key in the Registry
3.) As a Service

For #1, you can simply delete the shortcut in the Startup folder.
For #2, open Regedit and navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and delete the offending value.
For #3, open Services.msc and set the offending Service to Manual or Disabled in it's properties.

BE AWARE! Making a mistake with either 2 or 3 could have adverse effects on how your computer runs. So it's not wise to indiscriminately delete values in the Registry, or to indiscriminately disable Services.

When your only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

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