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I want to prevent windows sticky notes from starting with Windows. I don't use those anymore, but couldn't find where to remove them from boot.

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Did you find any solution? Please post. –  prongs May 2 '12 at 10:16
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You can delete this entry from the registry:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
RESTART_STICKY_NOTES

Or, try to delete this file C:\Windows\system32\StikyNot.exe (make a backup first).

Another option would be to disable the sidebar (Windows Gadget Platform). See a tutorial here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/3255/disable-sidebar-desktop-gadgets-on-windows-7/

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I don't want to disable the sidebar since I still use other gadgets, but I'll try the registry option. Thanks! –  Decio Lira Jul 21 '10 at 17:28
    
Strange, my system doen't have that Key, it has one related to the sidebar though. I'm on Windows 7 Professional, does it make a difference? –  Decio Lira Jul 21 '10 at 17:39
    
I don't think so, it shouldn't. –  Nicu Zecheru Jul 21 '10 at 18:09
    
too bad, all I see on that path is a key related to the sidebar itself. –  Decio Lira Jul 21 '10 at 23:41
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Perhaps rather than remove, you would prefer instead to reduce the desktop-space taken by the sticky notes.

The freeware Sticky Notes Taskbar Hider does :

Sticky Notes Taskbar Hider allows you to recover that lost taskbar space used by the awesome Windows 7 Sticky Notes feature.

With complete functionality like launching on system startup, hotkeys, along with the super easy usability Sticky Notes Taskbar Hider can make your use of Sticky Notes a hell of a lot easier.

Sticky Notes Taskbar Hider allows you to easily from hotkeys, or via the system tray icon, show or hide the Sticky Notes item from the taskbar. Other hotkeys allow you to launch Sticky Notes and also bring Sticky Notes to focus.

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so... you add a new icon on the taskbar that all it does is remove another program? How does that recover any space on the taskbar? –  Decio Lira Jul 21 '10 at 23:29
    
anyway, I was interested in removing the sticky notes from the boot process, since I don't use it anyway. –  Decio Lira Jul 21 '10 at 23:29
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I struggled hard to uninstall it, couldn't, but then, hey! it's maybe not necessary to do so. StickyNotes will always start if it is pinned to the taskbar even if you disabled it in msconfig Startup and MS will not let you uninstall it. I left it on the taskbar because I actually use it, I just don't want it starting and filling the desktop with unnecessary stuff every morning. After all that angst I just unpinned it from taskbar, disabled it in configsys Startup list and, because I actually need those notes sometimes I placed a shortcut on the desktop (NOT in the task bar). Now it does not start on start-up and it is still there when it's needed. Please MS, put a "Run on start-up" option on it and all will be fine.

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