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Friday, January 29, 2010

Postponing reinstalling your Windows

As much as I like to pave my Windows machine every now and them, it’s not always possible. So every now and then, I run this cool utility from sysinternals: Autoruns:

This utility, which has the most comprehensive knowledge of auto-starting locations of any startup monitor, shows you what programs are configured to run during system bootup or login, and shows you the entries in the order Windows processes them. These programs include ones in your startup folder, Run, RunOnce, and other Registry keys. You can configure Autoruns to show other locations, including Explorer shell extensions, toolbars, browser helper objects, Winlogon notifications, auto-start services, and much more. Autoruns goes way beyond the MSConfig utility bundled with Windows Me and XP.

Autoruns' Hide Signed Microsoft Entries option helps you to zoom in on third-party auto-starting images that have been added to your system and it has support for looking at the auto-starting images configured for other accounts configured on a system. Also included in the download package is a command-line equivalent that can output in CSV format, Autorunsc.



Sure you’ll still have to make sure to have your disk regularly defragmented. As last resource before totally paving your OS, I can always rename my user folder, log in and copy the documents I need.

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