6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers

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6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers

Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista (Answers Version)

Introduction

In this lab, you will customize the Startup Folder and the Run Key in the registry.

Recommended Equipment

  • A computer running Windows 7 or Vista

Answers Note: Make sure there is a Run key in the following registry location. Click Start, type regedit, and press Enter. Expand the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion. To create a Run Key, right-click the CurrentVersion Key, click New > Key. Type Run, and press Enter.

Step 1: Creating a shortcut for Internet Explorer.

  1. Click Start > All Programs, right-click Internet Explorer and click Send To > Desktop (create shortcut).

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    6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers 01

Step 2: Adding the shortcut to the Startup Menu.

  1. To open the Startup folder, click Start > All Programs, right-click the Startup folder, and select Open.
  2. Drag the Internet Explorer shortcut icon to the right pane of the Startup folder.

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    6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers 02

  3. Restart Windows.
  4. Log on to Windows as an administrator.
    What happens when you log in?
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    Internet Explorer starts automatically.
  5. Close Internet Explorer.

Step 3: Manage Startup applications using Windows Registry.

  1. Click Start, type regedit and press Enter.
  2. The Registry Editor window opens. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion> Run.
    Note: Incorrect changes to the registry can cause system errors and/or system instability.

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    6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers 03

  3. Right-click anywhere in the white space on the right side of the window. Select New and click String Value. A new String Value is created.

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    6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers 04

  4. Click anywhere in the white space of the window.
  5. Right-click New Value #1 > Rename. Type Notepad and press Enter.

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    6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers 05

  6. Right-click Notepad > Modify. Type C:\Windows\system32\notepad.exe in the Value data field. Click OK.

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    6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers 06

  7. Close the Registry Editor window.
  8. Restart Windows.
  9. Log on to Windows as an administrator.
    What happens when you log in?
    ____________________________________________________________________________________
    Internet Explorer and Notepad start automatically.
  10. Close all open Windows.

Step 4: Removing Programs from the startup folder and registry

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Startup. Right-click Internet Explorer and select Delete. Click Yes on the Delete File window.

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    6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers 07

  2. To remove Notepad from the Run folder in the Registry, click Start, type regedit and press Enter.
  3. Expand the HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion> Run
  4. Right-click Notepad and select Delete. Click Yes for the Confirm Value Delete.

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    6.3.1.2 Lab – Managing the Startup Folder in Windows 7 and Vista Answers 08

  5. Restart Windows.
  6. Log on to Windows as an administrator.
    What happens when you log in?
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    Internet Explorer and Notepad no longer start automatically.
  7. Close all open windows.

Reflection

Why would a user want to stop programs from starting automatically?

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Some programs add themselves to the Startup Folder upon installation. Having too many programs starting automatically can slow down the computer, delaying the boot process.