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Check startup items in Windows


Startup items might slow down your computer during logon or boot up process and some malware or viruses can also be triggered using startup items in Windows registry.

How to check startup items in Windows?

If you want to have a  simple reminder upon startup the "run" item on the registry will be able to help.

A reminder during Windows logon or startup can be set on the "run" key registry.

Like running a notepad with notes on it, so every time the computer boots up the notepad will open and you can read whatever notes are written on the notepad.

How to query the run item in Windows registry for programs that run automatically on startup?

Of course, this can be done manually by opening the registry editor and browsing to the desired registry keys.

Command line is useful to automate the process or query a remote computer without disturbing the user.

Here's the link on how to query remote computers registry using command line:



To check the run item on registry browse to: 

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows\CurrentVersion\run


To query via command line type:

    reg query HKCU\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows\CurrentVersion\run >d:\run.txt


Sample output:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows\CurrentVersion\run
    Google Update    REG_SZ    "C:\Users\Myuser\AppData\Local\Google\Update\GoogleUpdate.exe" /c
    msnmsgr    REG_SZ    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Live\Messenger\msnmsgr.exe" /background
    Akamai NetSession Interface    REG_SZ    "C:\Users\Myuser\AppData\Local\Akamai\netsession_win.exe"
    Skype    REG_SZ    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Skype\Phone\Skype.exe" /minimized /regrun


To set items or add items that will run on startup such as a reminder notepad, browse to the desired keys and add a new key with the path to the notepad file.


Just be careful with the registry it might corrupt your system. But registry keys like "run" should be okay to play with just don't touch other items you’re not familiar.



Cheers..till next time. 


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