Windows Startup, Startup Manager, Windows XP Startup, Startup Programs

Startup Manager

Startup Manager window contains following items:

  • Programs that run on Windows startup, or on user login.
  • Non Microsoft services that run on Windows startup.
  • Internet Explorer extensions: browser helper objects, toolbars, menu items.
Hint. in Startup Manager Disable or delete startup programs that you don't need, and your PC will run much faster.

Columns in Startup Manager

  • Check mark – If the item is disabled, check mark is cleared.
  • Name - Name of section in registry or name of startup program file. If item is unchecked, it will not be launched on startup.
  • Value - Command line: path to executable startup programs file and parameters
  • Product - Description of startup program provided by file vendor
  • Security Risk - Overall security risk for this startup program. 'No risk' - reliable program. 'Low'/'Medium' - pay attention, check on Virustotal. 'High' - remove this item. To change security risk on your opinion, in the context menu click 'Change Security Rating, Add Comment...' and add your comment to this item.
  • Company - Product vendor
  • Startup location - Where from startup program was loaded
  • When Added to Startup - When startup program was detected first time. Startup programs detected in the last week are marked.
  • State - Is the corresponded process running
  • Status - Enabled items run on Windows startup. Disabled startup programs does not run on Windows startup.
  • Delayed Startup - Use Delayed Startup to speed up your computer's startup process. Delayed startup programs will be started 1 minute (delay time can be customized) after Windows is loaded. So you can start using computer not waiting while Windows loads all startup programs. To move a startup program to the delayed startup list select "Move to Delayed Startup List" in context menu on Startup page.


Menu commands in Startup Manager



Save HijackThisPro Log... – Save information about system to the file in HijackThis format

Save Startup Report as Html... - Save list of startup programs to html file

Export Startup to File... - Save list of startup programs to reg file

Import Registry File... – import data from reg file to system registry

Exit – exit program


Detailed Info Double Click – Show/hide detailed info window

Change Security Rating, Add Comment... – Change security rating of a file and add user comment to the file

File Properties Alt+Enter - Target File Properties

System Menu Shift+RClick – Show system context menu


Show File In Explorer – Open Explorer and select file that run on startup

Switch To Process – Open Process window and select process of the startup program

Open Entry Location in Registry – Open Registry Editor and select startup program

Open Entry Location in Services Manager – Open Services Manager

Open Entry Location in Explorer - Open Explorer and select file that is located in startup location

Switch to Service - Open Services window and select the service of the startup program

Run Now – Run startup program

Stop Process – Stop process of the startup program

Edit Delayed Startup Program – Edit startup delay time or restore from Delayed Startup List

Move to Delayed Startup List – Move startup program to Delayed Startup List

Disable (Quarantine) – Disable startup program from running on Windows startup

Enable - Enable disabled startup program for running on Windows startup


Startup Position of Window

Run on Startup as Floating Icon - Create floating icon for the window of application after it is loaded on startup

Run on Startup as Icon in System Tray - Hide window of application to system tray after it is loaded on startup



Delete Entry Del – Delete record from Windows startup list

Edit Entry... – Change name, path or parameters

Add Entry... - Add new program to startup

Check with AntiViruses on VirusTotal - Check file with 30 AntiVirus engines on site

Search in Web

Google - Search information about startup program in Google

Google News - Search information about startup program in Google News

Text Operations

Copy to Clipboard - Copy to clipboard full information about startup program

Copy Path - Copy to clipboard path of startup program file

Find... Ctrl+F – Find text in the window

Find Next F3 – Find text in the window

Refresh F5 – refresh data in the window


Columns – select columns to show/hide in the window

Toolbar – show/hide toolbar

Grid – show/hide grids in all windows

Status Bar - show/hide status bar

Detailed Info - Show/hide detailed info window

Text Colors

Security Risk Rate [red/yellow/green] – Enable/disable colors of security analysis

Hide Microsoft Programs [grey] – Show programs of Microsoft with grey text color

Mark New Startup Entries [bold] – Mark new startup programs with bold font

Mark Running Programs [blue] – Mark running startup programs with blue text color


Windows XP Startup

Programs that run on Windows startup, or on user login can be located in following locations:


%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\All Users\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
%SystemDrive%\Documents and Settings\<username>\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders, Common Startup
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders, Common AltStartup
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, Common Startup
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, Common AltStartup
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders, Startup
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders, AltStartup
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, Startup
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders, AltStartup

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows, load
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows, run

HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Browser Helper Objects
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\UrlSearchHooks
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Toolbar
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Explorer Bars
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Extensions
HKCU\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\MenuExt