I would love some help, please, on this problem with my windows xp pro desktop. This is not a "typical" startup items topic, because I've googled it to death, for some answers for two weeks to no avail. The problem is in System Tools - under System Information. then under Software Environment. Right there, under Software Environment, when I click on Startup Programs, I have more than 4,000 items listed! It's all of the System32 files with double entries! Please understand, I am unable to "remove" these by using msconfig and other manual attempts. And I do NOT have the system32 folder load up upon booting, as some people have experienced. This is something I would never have seen unless I looked under System Tools, (in the order as noted above). In addition, msconfig just shows my usual start up items.........it's only under System Information that these +4,000 system32 files are showing.
I always run spybot, ccleaner, adaware, zonealarm, avast.....and am SO careful (no bad guys have turned up).
If anyone has any clue and can help me with this, I'll be so grateful! Thank you, all magnificent geeks!!!