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I'm running windows XP SP3. I read that if you hold down Shift while starting up windows it should disable startup programs but it does not. What's going on?

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Holding down Shift disables the AutoPlay function when you insert a disc or removable media. It does not apply to Windows' login/startup. If you are looking to disable or remove startup entries, you can use MSConfig or a utility such as Autoruns.

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I see.... got it. –  dsp_099 Apr 14 '12 at 4:59
    
I've updated my answer to point you in the correct direction. :) –  iglvzx Apr 14 '12 at 5:01
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The shift command does work on versions earlier than Vista. In windows XP it caused it to not run the AutoRun program defined in autorun.inf, in Vista it caused the AutoPlay dialog to be shown. –  Scott Chamberlain Apr 14 '12 at 5:42
    
@ScottChamberlain Thanks for clarifying! –  iglvzx Apr 14 '12 at 5:52
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