Previously, I followed a blog post (that I've since lost the link to) to register a program to startup everytime I log onto my windows 8.1 VM.

Now, I want to stop it from staring up.

  • I don't see a shortcut to the program in
    "%APPDATA%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup".
  • I don't see anything in the registry here
    "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run" or here: "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run"
  • In taskmanager, under the Startup tab it says "There are no startup items to display"
  • The parent process of the started apps appears to be explorer.exe

Where else can I possibly have registered this program to auto start when I log in?


Task Scheduler can be set to run programs at log on, as well as timed intervals. The other big area would be System Services (services.msc).

In the event what you're looking for is not here, it's possible that more applications/processes get started from other programs, but you'd have to monitor to determine which applications are doing that.


Don't forget AllUsers start menu location:

\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

There's also another registry entry (on Windows 7):


There is another way to start a program that is not mentioned here. Dropbox auto-update uses it but I can't find out what it is.

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