the startup sequence, from the time the operating system kernel goes live to when all services are up and running

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How to resolve BackgroundContainer.dll error on startup?

When I start my desktop it gives me an error about BackgroundContainer.dll. How to get rid of it? I found nothing when i started regedit.exe and searched (F3 or CTRL+F) for BackgroundContainer.dll ...
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Windows 7: Automatically login and lock

I want to configure Windows 7 to login automatically after the computer is switched on. That's not because I'm lazy and don't like typing passwords. That's because I want programs that are configured ...
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Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista

Is there any way to configure application that requires administrator privilages (elevation) so it's automatically started with elevated privileges and does not request elevation on every startup? ...
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Windows 7 0x0000007B

I can't load my Windows 7 (even safe mode), because it crashes, restarts and gives me blue screen of error: 0x0000007b like this one: I have Ubuntu installed. What should I do, please help me. It ...
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services.exe batters disk writes on startup

I have a Windows 7 Professional workstation that takes about ~3 full minutes to boot from cold. The CPU runs nice and low throughout the boot, but the disks are being battered. Resource Monitor ...
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How can I reduce Windows 7 boot times?

I have a Sony VAIO laptop that has an i7 processor, 6 GB of RAM and a 7200 RPM 500 GB 2.5 inch drive. I work in .NET, so I have SQL Server Developer, Visual Studio and a lot of other tools like that. ...
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Is there a tool like StartupMonitor for Windows 7?

I used to have a great tool called StartupMonitor on Windows XP which informed me about every attempt of programs (or myself) to modify startup entries. Is there a similar tool for Windows 7 which ...
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Stop programs from starting up automaticly on boot on Windows

Is there an easy way to prevent programs (Such as Logitech and Windows Live) from starting up automatically when I turn my computer on? I rarely use these and each time I start my PC I have to ...
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How does one skip “Windows did not shut down successfully” in Win7-64?

Migrating an app from an expensive and unreliable dedicated embedded x86 box running WinXP-embedded to COTS hardware (Dell E6410 laptop) running normal Win7-64. At this time, it's not feasible to ...
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How can I turn on a PC remotely?

I am using Team Viewer to control my PCs remotely. It lets me restart my PC, and this is a good feature. Is it possible however to remotely turn a PC on which is already off (as in powered down)? ...
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Disable MySQL startup in Ubuntu 10.04

I want to prevent MySQL from starting in Ubuntu 10.04 I have used update-rc.d -f mysql remove and confirmed that there is no link to the /etc/inid.d/mysql script from any of the rc?.d directories. ...
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Is there a way to know what program slow down startup?

Is there a program that can be installed to be able to know what program take time to load at startup of Windows?
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Run Metro application on startup?

I want to know where the Metro applications (Mail, People, Messages, ...) executable file path is. Also, how can I run Mail application when my PC starts?
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Dial PPPoE connection on Windows startup

Is there a way to automatically dial a PPPoE connection on startup? In Mac OS X, this is done automatically after login. It was also possible in Windows XP: when creating a new connection, it also ...
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Are there downsides to Windows 8 Hybrid Shutdown?

Are there any downside to Windows 8 not doing a "full" shutdown? Would it be good practice to occasionally do a full shutdown to do a full system initialization at boot? If I'm already booting from ...
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How can I figure out what process is constantly accessing my hard drive in Windows XP?

I am running a fresh install of Windows XP SP3 with a very minimal set of applications installed, but even so, my computer often bogs down to a crawl while it is furiously accessing the hard drive, ...
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Slow startup on Windows 7 Home Premium laptop

My Dell Inspiron 1545 running Windows 7 has reached the point where its startup is painfully slow. Normal operating speed is still very good, however. I keep getting nagged by startup options, like a ...
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Run Program on Startup?

How is it possible to have an executable run automatically on startup? Is it possible by having a shortcut to the .exe in the startup folder in the All programs section of the start menu? If that is ...
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Where is the startup (autostart) folder in Windows 8

Well Windows 8 has no Start Menu anymore and the startup folder has disappeared also. Where can I find that folder? Or is there a new way with Metro?
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Windows XP startup profiling?

My Windows XP computer is suffering from slow boot times, and although I use the free Quick Startup utility to enable only the programs I want, I still need to know which programs take the longest ...
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Flash Player Automatic Updater on Windows Startup

Adobe Flash Player is set to automatically check for updates on Windows startup. I've always wondered where exactly it is set to do this. Checking the running services, as well as msconfig does not ...
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Setting language for non-Unicode programs broke Windows?

I occasionally use programs originally designed to run in Japan using Microsoft AppLocale. When loading a program this way, AppLocale specifies that it's only designed to be a temporary solution and ...
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Why won't my xmodmap command run on startup/login?

I want to run this command every time I log in (or every time I start up, if that doesn't work): xmodmap -e 'keysym Delete = Menu' -e 'keysym Menu = Delete' I've tried many things. I put the command ...
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Why is my windows slow at startup?

My computer has a weird thing going on. When windows starts up I see the System process using 100% of the CPU for about 2-3 minutes and then it subsides. I wonder why this happens. I'm sure my ...
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Is BIOS read from the BIOS chip or copied into RAM on startup?

When you first turn on your computer, is the fetch/execute cycle first set up to fetch instructions from the BIOS chip directly to the instruction register in the CPU or is there automatic circuitry ...
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Running a script on startup before X starts in Ubuntu 9.10

I have a script that I want to run at startup to switch X-configs depending on location, but I can't seem to find out where to put it in order to get it to run before X is started. This results in me ...
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Launch AutoStart programs before login

When I turn on my computer, I usually leave it to boot for a few minutes before I come back. However, when I get back I have to log in and then wait for all my start up programs to load. Is there ...
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How do I get the default system locale in Windows 7?

I want to get the default system locale in Windows 7, I figured out that the login screen uses this. So I want to start one application during system startup, before the login screen appear. So that ...
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“Run as administrator” prevents applications from autostart

I've been running into a problem where some of the applications from the startup menu don't actually start upon login. After looking at the list of the applications I've noticed that actually only the ...
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Log in Windows 8 account automatically, keeping it locked

I want my PC to automatically log into my Windows 8 account and run all the startup programs, with out me giving my user name and password. (I have done this myself). But I also want my PC to be ...
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Computer slow or is it just me?

My main computer these days is a Laptop with an SSD. Besides that, I have a desktop gaming rig. It is from last year, but it still runs recent titles really well. Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Diablo 3, not a ...
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Connect PPPoE broadband connection on boot on Windows 7

I got a static IP PPPoE connection from my ISP provider, and I am running a VNC server on it, and needs to connect a PPPoE connection on boot. Is there a solution to that?
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How to tune Windows Vista startup speed?

My one year old Vista installation at work takes some 10 minutes to start up. However, my freshly installed Vista at home takes only 1 minute to get fully running. What could cause this slowdown, and ...
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How do you delay the launch of an application in Windows 7 at startup?

I'd like to delay the launch of some startup apps to give it some time to load the other ones before the one I want.
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How to mute the sound output on Windows Start up?

Is there any way to mute the PC volume on Windows startup? Any GPEDIT tricks or suchlike? I am using Windows XP. This question is not about simply blocking the “startup sound”. I want to mute the ...
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Suppress OneNote adding itself to startup items

I use the MS Office OneNote app from time to time, but not daily. However, every time I use it, it sticks itself back into the Windows startup items, and helps itself to a chunk of RAM and boot time. ...
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Is there a way to start the flash player (or program) in full screen through the shortcut target command?

I am trying to start flash on start up in full screen. Are there any commands that i can execute in the shortcuts target path to tell the program to start in full screen? (Not maximized) So something ...
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Remove Toshiba laptop BIOS password? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bypass BIOS password set by faulty Toshiba firmware on Satellite A55-S1065 laptop? i have a Toshiba Satellite l500 laptop, when I power it on, it shows a black screen ...
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Where can I find good documentation on “msconfig” and “services.msc” for Windows 7?

Running Windows 7 I'm trying to boost the startup speed of my computer and I'm going through "msconfig" and "services.msc" to disable some applications from starting up automatically when the ...
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Batch file - start program with admin rights

I have a .bat file in my startup folder: d: cd\ cd TrueCrypt truecrypt /ll /p "" /q /v d:\MYO Is there a way to start TrueCrypt with admin right?
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Programs on startup in Linux

Where does Linux look to start programs on startup? (In Windows we have the registry)
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Folders disappear every time Windows XP starts up

Symptoms: Whenever my Windows XP machine starts up, subfolders disappear from the first top-level folder, listed alphabetically (eg. from "C:\AA Backups"). The first time it happened I suspected user ...
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On Windows (and PC), which Partition Recovery tool is a good, reliable one?

This is related to question: How do get my Windows 7 partition back after a blue screen? about losing the Windows 7 partition completely. I wonder if a Partition Recovery tool is a good, reliable ...
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How do get my Windows 7 partition back after a blue screen?

I boot up to Windows 7, clicked on START, and right click on Computer and chose "Manage", and then I right clicked on a primary partition which wasn't the partition for C: but just a useless partition ...
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Whitelist .EXE in UAC? - WIndows 7 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Elevated Priviliges for Startup Applications in Vista Selectively disabling UAC for specific programs on Windows 7 Grant permanent UAC permission to one program? How can ...
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How to diagnose a freeze on startup in Windows XP?

My XP box usually boots OK, but occasionally freezes partway through the startup process. When it's frozen, the mouse cursor works but there's no response to input, and the only fix is to hard reboot. ...
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How do you disable an upstart service in ubuntu 10.10?

In 10.10 upstart is being used instead of sysvinit. It's possible to remove annoying upstart services which you do not want by removing the appropriate file in /etc/init/blah.conf However, this ...
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How do I log startup and shut-down times in Windows 7?

I'd like to log the times when my computer starts up and shuts down. I don't need any diagnostic info or anything, just a simple note of the date and time, e.g. something like: 2011/04/29 08:17:34 AM ...
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Run command on startup / login (Mac OS X)

I was not sure if this was for StackOverflow or here, I settled for here. I was wondering which file I should place this bash command in so it will be run on startup. # Start the MongoDB server ...
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Running bat file at startup as administrator in Windows 7

I'm currently running a startup script in form of a bat file successfully in Windows 7 (I've inserted a new registry key entry with the bat file path as value in ...