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I am using a computer with Windows 10 and, as a normal procedure to reduce the boot time, I accessed the Task Manager and checked what was "Enabled" during the "Start-up".

Some of the programs

When I opened that tab, I saw a program called "Program", without Publisher information, which I have now disabled.

Program Disabled it

After that, I went straight to the Control Panel -> Programs and Features, in order to find out what the program is and to delete it; however, nothing with that name appears.

Given that, assuming that I don't know since when do I have that program on this computer, how can I know what this program is, so that I can decide on whether to remove it or not?

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    Go to Microsoft Downloads, SysInternals and get Autoruns 64-bit. Download it, install it and run it and see if it shows you the program on your computer. Yellow highlighted sections in the Autoruns display are errors and can be deleted. – John Nov 5 at 12:00
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    You can also display more columns in Task Manager, by the way, including “Startup type” and “Command line”. Just right-click any column header. – Daniel B Nov 5 at 12:20
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    @Persistence Can you elaborate? Is it that it is easier to find this information on Arch, or is it that something like this would not occur on Arch? – Abdul Nov 6 at 13:51
  • @Abdul think my comment got deleted... Fair enough tbh but unless you've installed some strange packages nothing will autorun unless you tell it to by enabling it as a service with systemd or adding it to a small handful of startup scripts. Nothing really happens by accident in Arch, you've basically got complete control – Persistence Nov 6 at 15:01
  • Is there an entry for it in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\StartUp? – TylerH Nov 8 at 16:26
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You can go to Microsoft Downloads, SysInternals and get Autoruns 64-bit (download it here). Download it, install it and run it and see if it shows you the program on your computer.

For your specific problem, access the "Logon" Tab.

Autoruns Logon

Yellow highlighted sections in the Autoruns display are errors and can be deleted.

That should solve your problem.

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You can rightclick on an entry and click Open file location wich leads you to the directory where the program is installed.

Open file location

As mentioned in the comments by Ismael Miguel this answer only applies to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (and the Windows Server variants). For Windows 7 and older, you need to use msconfig.

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    This answer only applies to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (and the Windows Server variants). For Windows 7 and older, you need to use msconfig. – Ismael Miguel Nov 6 at 18:21
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    @IsmaelMiguel OP clearly specified he uses Windows 10 – Emanuel Vintilă Nov 7 at 18:29
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    @EmanuelVintilă That's true, but someone who searches for an answer to this question, on older devices, will find that it doesn't work for them. Besides, it is just a sentence that was added, and only increases the value of the answer, without making it invalid for what the O.P. asked. – Ismael Miguel Nov 7 at 18:35
  • "This answer only applies to Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 (and the Windows Server variants)." Autoruns works just fine in Windows 7 and shows the Yellow entries to delete just fine – John Nov 7 at 23:33
  • @John ye the thing with autorun imho is that you have to download a tool. – kevinSpaceyIsKeyserSöze Nov 7 at 23:38
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Start-up entries are in the registry at Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.

There is one of these for each user and machine. For the current session that would be
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run.

Any shortcuts in a Start Menu group called Startup will also be run. Again, there are both per-user and per-machine locations, which are
%AllUsersProfile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup and
%AppData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup.

Additionally, a scheduled task can be set to run at boot or login. This data is also in the registry Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Schedule, but in a much more complex format. This can be explored with the "Task Scheduler" app.

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    Do all startup programs show up in that key? For instance, if you place a shortcut in the "Start-up" folder of the Start Menu, it still loads on startup, just as it did in Windows 95 (indeed, probably inherited from Windows 3's Program Manager?). I haven't checked on Windows 10, but for many versions that directory was scanned directly, separately from the various registry keys. – IMSoP Nov 6 at 15:52
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    @IMSoP yes, there's also the magic Start Menu folder in addition to the registry. – Stop Harming Monica Nov 6 at 15:53
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    @IMSoP Actually there's a lot of ways to make something start with the system. For example you can schedule a task that executes on logon. Autoruns is great at finding these. – gronostaj Nov 7 at 8:31
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    @gronostaj Yeah, that was kind of my point. This answer implies that looking in one registry key is sufficient, but it's really not. – IMSoP Nov 7 at 9:24
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    @gronostaj I just checked Task Manager on my system, and the programs I load through the Start Menu folder show up there. I've no idea what other areas it includes, but it's certainly more than just that one set of registry entries. – IMSoP Nov 7 at 10:13

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