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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

MSConfig Does Not Retain Normal Start Up Selection

The factory default configuration for Microsoft Windows is Normal Start Up. You may find that when you open MSConfig that your computer has been set to Selective Start Up. When you select Normal Start Up - hit OK and then Restart, the computer may on rare occasions revert back to Selective Start Up. This is an indication that the registry settings for MSConfig is out of synch with the actual selection being made within MSConfig. This has most likely been caused by Services or Start Up Items being manually disabled by a technical support agent or a virus. The computer can easily be forced to use the correct setting of Normal Start Up.  The following steps will clear the registry settings made within MSConfig which returns these settings to factory defaults:
  1. Click Start - Run.

  2. Type: regedit

  3. Click OK.

  4. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\state. Delete all sub-keys found within this folder.

  5. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\services. Delete all sub-keys found within this folder.

  6. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupfolder. Delete all sub-keys found within this folder.

  7. Browse to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\MSConfig\startupreg. Delete all sub-keys found within this folder.

  8. Reboot.
Now when you access MSConfig, you will find that the computer is set to Normal Start Up and is booting all defaults Services required for Microsoft Windows.

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