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Customizing Auto-Start Programs for Other Users
Figure 14-4: Registry Editor shows the auto-start programs for all users.
3. To remove a startup program, right-click the name and select Delete.
Alternatively, to add a new entry, right-click the white space and select
New and then String Value. Right-click your new entry and select Modify
so that you can edit it and set the value to the path of the executable you
want to run.
That is it. You now know how to add and remove programs that start up for
all users on the computer. The steps for modifying the startup programs for
individual users are very similar. The only difference is that you have to go to
a different place in the registry.
Instead of navigating in the registry under HKEY_Local_Machine , you have
two options. You can log on to an individual’s account and then go to HKEY_
CURRENT_USER followed by the same navigation path used earlier. Alternatively,
you can go to HKEY_USERS , expand the account SID (Security Identifier) key, and
then follow the path used earlier.
TIP When navigating through HKEY_USERS it can be hard to identify whether
a SID belongs a specific account. I wrote a handy utility available for free at called SID Resolver that translates the account SID to
the actual account name.
Both methods result in the same outcome. However, if you don’t have access
to a user’s account, you can still modify his or her auto-start applications by
going to HKEY_USERS .
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