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I have a couple of programs in the Startup tab, that after being uninstalled remained there.

In this picture you can see Switcher, which used to launch on startup, remains in the tab after being uninstalled.

Switcher remains in the Startup tab after being uninstalled
Open file location is greyed out

How can I clean up my Startup tab, and get rid of these items?

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How exactly did you uninstall it? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 9 '13 at 14:59
@techie007 I uninstalled Switcher the usual way, from Programs and Features (Add/Removes Programs). I'm really not sure what the other one was, it's just called "Program". I think it was a console program that I simply deleted. – Louis Feb 9 '13 at 15:03
Have you rebooted since you uninstalled it? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 9 '13 at 15:05
@techie007 Yes. I also made sure it wasn't in %AppData%\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup. I'm almost certain the other one was a console program (TouchMousePlus) that I simply deleted. I never got used to it showing up as "ConsoleApplication1.exe" so I recompiled as it appears in the pic above. – Louis Feb 9 '13 at 15:08
Anything in %programdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Feb 9 '13 at 15:12
up vote 10 down vote accepted

Based on an answer that got deleted, I wound up installing Autoruns and removed the items from within the program.


Alternatively, I could have deleted them from the HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run branch using RegEdit.

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user Vulpes Nox commented "this (RegEdit) works best, just dont delete anything but what you are absolutely sure is related to the start up "ghost" – Psycogeek Apr 21 '14 at 8:41

You can remove the entries using Ccleaner by going to Tools->StartUp-> then you can ENABLE/DISABLE/DELETE any entry

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This does seem to be the perfect solution. CCleaner would appear to be a serious and safe product; for Mac users like me coming to grips with Windows, CCleaner appears to be OK to use, popular, and won't further mess your system. I'm surprised there are not more answers and comments on this question. It's so hard to erase stuff from computers sometimes! Thanks GeMavio, good one – Joe Blow Apr 1 '15 at 1:12

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