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Old 02-06-2006, 10:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Its been bothering me for a while now but im just now deciding to try and do something about it. Is there any way to stop AIM from starting when windows starts? ive tried msconfig startup, but it just adds itself back to the list. And also, the AIM launch icon keeps putting itself back on my desktop but i just want to put it into a folder that i keep all my program icons in but it wont stay there. Anyone know how to fix these 2 things?
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Old 02-06-2006, 10:30 AM   #2 (permalink)
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the msconfig, startup thing should work...

see if there's a shortcut in start > all programs > strartup
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theres an entry in aim that you uncheck to start at startup
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start<msconfig<startup<uncheck aim or use Warez Monster's advice
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Yeah I'd look in AIM to find the option to stop that. It will probably remove the startup key once unchecked.
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Old 02-06-2006, 04:56 PM   #6 (permalink)
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If you don't want to change the startup options in MSconfig, you can remove the registry file that is responsible. Run
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regedit
from the run box. Navigate to HKCU->Software->Microsoft->Windows NT->Current Version->Run or HKLM->Software->Microsoft->Windows NT->Current Version->Run. There should be a registry entry in one of these that points to the AOL startup executable. Removing it will permenantly keep this program from starting when the computer starts. As always, be careful when modifying the registry as you could severly hurt your PC. If you have any questions as to whether you are about to delete something important from these Run folders, consult. www.bleepingcomputer.com and check their database for the executable you are considering removing. This will tell you whether this is necessary for your computer to start.

Warez is right, there is an option to disable this feature in AIM itself, but I've noticed that mine turns itself back on after a while.
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download this to delete other unwanted entries in msconfig

http://www.get-in-control.com/msconfig-cleanup/
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