Subscriber Don wrote to ask about a problem that he was having with Outlook 2007:
Terry, I put Office 2007 Outlook in the start up so it would start automaticly when I turned the computer on. I then decide to take it off and I did remove it from the start up but it still starts. I looked in the msconfig but it is not there. I even went into the registry to remove it but no success. Do you have any idea how I can keep Outlook from starting when I boot up my computer?
Many large, slow-starting programs, as well as many other programs that simply want to be run all the time, set themselves up to start automatically. Examples include MS Office, OpenOffice.org, Adobe Reader, iTunesHelper, GoogleUpdater, and a lot more.
One of the disadvantages of the MSConfig program supplied with Windows (msconfig.exe) is that it doesn’t show all the programs that start automatically, and doesn’t give you many options.
I use and recommend WinPatrol to help you get control of the programs that autostart on your computer. WinPatrol is free.
I use the paid, enhanced version WinPatrol Plus, which has a few additional functions and, more importantly, provides access to their information database that identifies programs and makes recommendations about whether they’re safe, optional to remove, should be removed, what they do, etc. www.winpatrol.com
I do not have an affiliate link for WinPatrol – I just like it, use it, and highly recommend it.
Don wrote back to say:
Thanks very much. I had winpatrol loaded on my computer but did not try to use it. I clicked on it and bingo there was OutLook. I removed it and now everything is fine.