HOWTO: Remove startup program in registry editor


Startup items are the apps, shortcuts, folders, drivers, etc... that are set to run or open automatically at startup when a user signs in to Windows. Startup items can be added by either the programs or drivers installed, or manually by you.
This tutorial will show you how to manage startup items to add, delete, enable, or disable them for your account or for all users in Windows 10.


1. Open Registry Editor:

   - Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor. If prompted by UAC, and click/tap on Yes.

2. To Delete Startup Programs for Only the "Current User":

   - This will step only be applied to your currently signed in user account.
A) In Registry Editor, navigate to the locations below one at a time, and go to step 4 below.
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run32
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\StartupFolder

3. To Delete Startup Programs for "All Users":

   - You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do this step.
A) In Registry Editor, navigate to the locations below one at a time, and go to step 4 below.
For both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 10
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\Run32
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\StartupApproved\StartupFolder
AND (If added by Group Policy)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run
AND (If added by Group Policy)
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run
In Addition for Only 64-bit Windows 10
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
AND
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce

4. Delete startup items:

   - In the right pane of the Run, Run32, RunOnce, or StartupFolder key right click or press and hold on a listed startup item that you would like to delete, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below). When prompted, click/tap on Yes to confirm.

5. Close Registry Editor:

   - When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.

Also consider using Action1 to remove startup program in registry editor if:
- You need to perform this action on multiple (hundreds or even thousands) computers simultaneously.
- Some of your endpoints are laptops not connected to corporate network at all times.

Action1 is a cloud-based platform for software deployment, software/hardware inventory, patch management, endpoint configuration and more. It is free with basic functionality.


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