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Some items are starting up on a Windows 7 desktop PC that I don't want, namely Skype, Teamviewer, Quicktime, Dropbox, and a few more.

I use msconfig to untick them from the Startup tab. I click Apply, OK, reboot, and then the items startup again, and they are ticked in msconfig Startup tab.

I am logged in as the only administrator of the PC.

Why is this happening?

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This a personal or workstation? –  Ramhound Nov 21 '13 at 11:03
A personal workstation. –  Steve Nov 22 '13 at 7:27

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Use autoruns which is downloadable from, amongst other places, Sysinternals. This will show you all the processes that are started at boot time. It shows services, drivers, registry entries, etc.

Within the tool you can deselect a startup and it will be tagged in the registry so that it will not restart, the programme cannot replace its autostart setting.

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Thanks Chenmunka. Autoruns did the trick. –  Steve Nov 22 '13 at 7:47
the problem has returned. When I try to deselect Skype or TeamViewer, Autoruns gives the error: Error changing item state: The system cannot find the file specified. I've created a new question for this error here. –  Steve Nov 28 '13 at 10:08

This happens because these programs resets these settings them selves. If you check your services list you will some of the programs there. You could set the individual services to manual as start-up and then start their corresponding program when necessary. When you start the program this should also start the service.

EDIT: Chenmunka pointed out to me that not all the programs you are listing are services and I am sorry for giving false information.

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Not all these programmes are services. –  Chenmunka Nov 21 '13 at 12:37
Ah sry about that. You are correct. At least the TeamViewer is a service, and altough I am not on a computer with QuickTime installed this should be governed by an Itunes service. –  Oddxen Nov 21 '13 at 13:13

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