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Start folder, Startup, & Task Scheduler Library "Madness"

  1. #1

    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    Start folder, Startup, & Task Scheduler Library "Madness"

    I found that a good way to install updates, or programs, is to disable everything non-OS, so that only the OS is running:

    msconfig / Services tab / check - Hide all Microsoft services / Disable all / Ok / Exit without restart

    CCleaner / Tools / Startup / Ctrl+A, except Avast / right-click highlighted, Disable / Close CCleaner (X in the top right)

    right-click on the Avast icon in Sys Tray / Avast shields control / Disable permanently

    Restart computer

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    . . . These are the issues I have:

    . . . I manually put these four in the "Start" folder. There's no way to disable them from starting up:
    Notepad++ . . . "C:\Office\scratch.txt"
    Yahoo Mail Basic . . .[long-string]
    Sea Monkey Mail . . . "C:\Program Files\SeaMonkey\seamonkey.exe" -mail
    Natural Reader . . . "C:\Program Files\naturalsoft\naturalreader9\NaturalReader9.exe"

    . . . Power Menu writes itself to "Startup," but it does not startup, and there's no icon in the Sys Tray, unless I put a Shortcut to it in "Start"
    Power Menu . . . "C:\Program Files\PowerMenu\PowerMenu.exe"

    . . . When Crystal Disk Info is set to run on Startup within the program, it writes itself to the "Task Scheduler Library." There's no way to disable it from starting up. I have to manually close it after a Restart:
    "C:\Program Files\CrystalDiskInfo\DiskInfo.exe"

    . . . Avast won't let me Disable it through CCleaner, or msconfig. I have to manually Disable it with the icon in the Sys Tray:
    Avast . . . "C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe" /nogui

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    Is the best way to fix this, to delete the programs from "Startup," above, where possible, and to enter them into a folder in the "Task Scheduler" (called "Startup), with the Trigger, "At log on of any user?" That's how Crystal Disk Info is set up.

    If I created a folder in "Task Scheduler" called "Startup," I see that I can't move the Crystal Disk Info item to a different folder. It looks like I would have to re-enter it manually.

    So, if everything were in the "Task Scheduler" "Startup" folder, I could then highlight items within it, and right-click to disable them.

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  2. #2

    The simplest way is to kill all the tasks then create a batch file with all the startup in it and run that when you want to start things

    you just put the cmds in a txt file with notepad like so

    "C:\Program Files\naturalsoft\naturalreader9\NaturalReader9.exe"
    "C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe" /nogui

    save it as start.cmd double click to run it winpatrol can be useful as you can kill startups with it and set delay for items
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  3. #3

    Posts : 93
    Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit

    Thanks! I've figured it out pretty well, and this question, about how to use the Task Scheduler:

    Scheduled task won't run .bat file . . .

    My first post is as . . . mb1280, Wednesday, August 03, 2016 9:04 PM

    There are a few other posts. It shows the discovery process in answering this question.
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