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Customizing Auto-Start Programs for Other Users
on my PC. After installing the programs Winamp, iTunes, RealPlayer, and
Windows Media Player, I noticed that they would fight for my music file
associations (that is, which application would open the file). Every time I ran RealPlayer,
it changed all my music files over to be played in its player by default. The same
thing happened when I tried to play my music files in other players. From this
experience, I found that it was not uncommon for an application to install a
program to be run at system startup that would check and take over (or preserve
itself, as the developers call it) from other applications.
Getting rid of these applications from your startup is much trickier than
disabling them with Task Manager or Autoruns. It involves digging into the
preferences of each application and changing several options. If you have an
application that falls in this category, try a quick web search to find the steps
specific to the application, or post a request for help on one of the various
computer support websites, such as’s forum at .
Customizing Auto-Start Programs for Other Users
Each user account on your computer can have different auto-start applications
associated with it. Certain programs may start up for one user but not for another.
All these settings are stored in the system registry. With the help of the Registry
Editor utility, you can change these entries manually.
First, go to the registry where Windows 8 stores the auto-start information.
Windows stores auto-start information in two places for every user. It stores
which programs start for a specific user under the user’s registry hive/location.
It also stores a list of programs that start automatically in the local machine hive.
Registry entries in the local machine hive start up for all users of the computer,
so removing these entries removes them for all users of the computer.
Now that you know the two different types of startup items—user-specific
and all-user entries—you can begin hacking the registry to change the startup
programs. First, you learn to modify the startup programs for all users, and
then you learn how to modify the startup programs for individual users.
To modify the startup programs for all users, follow these steps:
1. If you have not already done so, start Registry Editor by opening the Start
screen, typing regedit , and pressing Enter.
2. After Registry Editor has loaded, expand and navigate through
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run .
You see a list of all the auto-start applications in the local machine context,
as shown in Figure 14-4.
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