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I know that the programs that run with Windows are stored in the registry under (inn both HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER):

- /Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Run
- /Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/RunOnce

But when I delete their entries here (or use msconfig to disable programs from autostart), where the information about disabled programs is stored?

I mean the programs that do not run with Windows anymore, but under msconfig->autorun they are marked as "disabled".

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Have a look under:

\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run

there should be one corresponding entry for each entry in:

\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run

It's a binary value, "02 00 00 00..." means enabled, any other value seems to mean disabled.

I investigated this under Windows 8.1 but assume the registry key is the same for Windows 7. However in 8.x you disable autostart programs in the 'Task Manager' rather than msconfig.

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If you delete them manually via regedit, they're gone for good unless you made a backup first.

If you disabled them using MSConfig, you can find the disabled registry entires at

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg

and disabled startup entries1 at

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupfolder.

The subkeys there contain the necessary information to restore a disabled key. You can safely delete the keys found there but you can't restore them via MSConfig afterwards, though.

Note: MSConfig doesn't include items from Group Policy or the Windows 7 Task Scheduler!


1 Entries from a user's startup folder (Start → Programs → Startup).

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