How can I stop programs from launching automatically on startup in Windows?

Episode 1148 (1:14:11)

Larry from Camarillo, CA
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Larry said he heard Leo talking about going into RegEdit and removing executables from the Run folder to help make the PC boot faster. Leo says this is a dangerous thing to do, and there is a better way to accomplish this same thing without opening up the registry. There is a program that Microsoft offers called AutoRuns. This examines the registry, as well as other places where programs can start up, and then the user can disable those more safely.