Windows allows to startup programs due to registry settings

Windows allows to startup programs with Windows due to startup registry settings. You can view, edit and change registry startup directly. Below you can find the list of all startup registry keys.

Registry startup sections:

Windows has the following automatically started program registry sections:
(all of them are supported by Absolute Startup).

To edit windows registry manually use system utility regedit.exe.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
– these programs automatically start when any user is logged in. It is used for all users on this computer

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
– The programs here start only once when any user is logged in and will be removed after the Windows boot process would have finished.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnceEx
– The programs here start only once when any user is logged in and will be removed after the Windows boot process would have finished. Also the RunOnceEx registry key does not create a separate processes. The RunOnceEx registry key also support a dependency list of DLLs that remain loaded while either all the sections or some of the sections are being processed.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServices
– these programs automatically start when the system is loading before the user logs in. It is used for service applications - antivirus, drivers etc. In Windows NT/2000/XP it could be canceled by admin to use other service startup sections. Read more at services startup

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunServicesOnce
– these programs automatically start only once when the system is loading as service application and items are deleted after the Windows boot process have finished.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
– The programs here automatically start when the current user logs in. It is used only for current logoned user.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
– The programs here automatically start only once when the current user logs in and it will be deleted after the Windows boot process would have finished.

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run
– The programs here automatically will be copied into HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...\Run for every new user account.

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce
– The programs here automatically will be copied into HKEY_CURRENT_USER\...\RunOnce for every new user account.

All these sections are supported by Absolute StartUp. Also it adds advanced condition for every auto started program - on certain days, at certain time, with a delay or after Internet connection. To read more refer to Schedule Help section


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