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In msconfig, when exactly do the "services" and "startup" items get run? Do the services run on boot, and do the startup items run when the user logs in? Also do the startup items get started up for all users?

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Services run at (or near) boot - depending on the startup mode "at startup" or "delayed startup".

MSConfig combines the "All users" and the "logged in user" portions of the startup items (Startup folders and reg keys) into a single list. So the list you see will be different than that of another user.

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So even though it is an "administrator" program, I cannot see other users startup items? – agz Jan 25 '13 at 1:16
You can see the currently logged in user's startup items and you can see the "All Users" startup items. That's it. – Sam Axe Jan 25 '13 at 1:17

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