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Removing duplicates from msconfig

I use Ubuntu Linux on my personal computer, but I have to use Windows at work and when supporting friends and family. One tool I make extensive use of is Microsoft's System Configuration utility, better known as msconfig.

One thing I hate about msconfig is that when you uncheck items on the Startup tab to keep them from starting automatically, they may reappear after you update the software. I notice this especially with Apple's software like iTunes and Quicktime. The unchecked item will remain, but a new, checked item will appear. If you uncheck the 2nd one, you'll have 2 unchecked items on the Startup tab.

I don't know how to avoid the problem of programs replacing their items, but I do know how to remove these duplicates. On the Startup tab, check all the items for a particular program. Reboot, and you'll have just one checked item. You can now uncheck this and reboot again. When you reboot, you still get the dialog box saying that changes have been made. Does anyone know how to prevent that from appearing?

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