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    Windows 98 - Files run at Startup
    « on: May 21, 2012, 05:46:22 AM »
    I recently got my old computer back up and running and I removed a number of things I will no longer be needing. I used to get a message at startup that the system was unable to find a particular file (likely to do with some Internet files that I have removed as it will never again be connected), before I got around to fixing this problem the easy way a friend of mine accidentally clicked 'Yes' on the box. This means that now it is running a new file and I do not know it's exact name. This also happens to be an unistall program which luckily I can say 'No' to at startup. What I would need is a walkthrough for Windows 98 (regedit.exe / ms config) to the files that are automatically run when Windows starts up, I am confident I will be able to find and remove this unwanted distraction as long as I see the list of files, however I do not have the skill required to find this list of files on this system.

    I am running Windows 98 (not SE) with no internet access. If this problem is for some reason easier to fix in MS-DOS that can be arranged, I can run pure DOS with my system.

    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: Windows 98 - Files run at Startup
    « Reply #1 on: May 22, 2012, 06:06:45 PM »
    So far nobody wants to give you an answer...
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    am confident I will be able to find and remove this unwanted distraction as long as I see the list of files, however I do not have the skill required to find this list of files on this system.
    You confidence may be a mistake. As you said, it is a distraction. It is not the kind of thing that breaking into the registry. Unless that is what you enjoy.

    Why not use a free program that has been tested by others?
    Here is a program I have used and I believe it is safe. Published 1999.
    Startup Cop: Download It Here

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    Re: Windows 98 - Files run at Startup
    « Reply #2 on: May 22, 2012, 06:47:24 PM »
    old versions of autoruns can run on windows 98, too.


    Windows 98 has the same information for startup as 95. The relevant keys in the registry are HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run as well as another key in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. each item lists the title of the program and the file to launch. Each of these is launched when windows 98 is booted.
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      Re: Windows 98 - Files run at Startup
      « Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012, 03:51:40 AM »
      Ok, how do I get into the registry?

      I also had some old spyware that I removed. Windows is now trying to run 2 files at startup, it cannot find gator.exe

      That one should be simple enough to remove...

      Windows 95 and 98 can't be accessed like XP/Vista in Windows where you simply see a list of files run at start up?

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      Re: Windows 98 - Files run at Startup
      « Reply #4 on: May 23, 2012, 04:53:34 AM »
      Ok, how do I get into the registry?
      Using the registry editor. Start->Run, regedit.

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      Windows 95 and 98 can't be accessed like XP/Vista in Windows where you simply see a list of files run at start up?
      you can use msconfig. But changing options there puts the system in a "selective startup mode". I'm pretty sure that's only a MSConfig term though.
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