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I installed voip program called Freecall in my Windows 7 Professional laptop. Now it shows as a Startup item in "System Configuration" console. I tried to uncheck it in the Startup item and restart, but it keeps on adding itself to HKCU\Software|Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run. How to remove these kinds of programs from the startup?

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Personally I use Autoruns for managing these kinds of programs. However, if you don't wish to download another program you could try msconfig:

  1. Open the start menu and select run
  2. type msconfig
  3. when the dialogue opens select the Startup tap
  4. Uncheck the box for freecall

If that doesn't work, take a look at Autoruns.

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used both autoruns and msconfig..i don't seem to find a way to delete the HKCU\Software|Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run entry in the msconfig console –  iceman Jun 15 '10 at 16:48
    
Open Freecell, select Tools/Options/Advanced and uncheck the box for 'Start freecall when I start Windows' –  Pulse Jun 15 '10 at 23:27
    
ok.it worked..i think its the same for Yahoo messenger..these programs keep on adding to startup even after I manually deleted the entry from the registry. I want to debug and find out if after starting the executable, the program writes to the registry. How can I do that? –  iceman Jun 16 '10 at 23:38
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To see if an application makes calls to the registry you'd need to use something like Process Monitor technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896645.aspx and create a filter for your specific query –  Pulse Jun 17 '10 at 2:39

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