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RickJ_3

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I'm running Windows 2000 Professional, SP2, with Windows Media Player Version 9. After upgrading to Version 9, the Media Player now starts up automatically every time I boot the system.

There are no shortcuts to wmplayer.exe in any of the user Program Startup menus. I've checked all the Registry's "Run" keys and did not see any entry for wmplayer.exe. I looked up the names of the various programs that run as processes in my system and verified that they should be running as part of the system.

My email provider blocks all messages containing executable attachments before they get to me. I run Symantec Antivirus with continual updates of the virus definition files. I'm behind a hardware router and a software 2-way firewall (AtGuard).

What else should I do to prevent WMP from auto-starting? Thanks.
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kool808

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* start > run > msconfig > startup > uncheck the entry for WMP

* Read here to determine which startup is legitimate and not:
http://castlecops.com/StartupList.html

* Please download Spybot Search & Destroy 1.4. Mode > Advance Mode > Tools > Startup List > uncheck or delete the startup entry you do not wish to run.

* please read this
http://www.geekstogo..._Log-t2852.html
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Thanks for the reply, but:

- I'm running Windows 2000 Professional, not XP. Thus, I do not have msconfig on my system.

- I have accessed the registry directly using "regedit" and confirmed that there are no "Run" keys on any tree that point to wmplayer.exe.

- I run current version of both SpyBot S&D and Ad-Aware and, except for some cookies (which I delete), they find no malicious objects.

I always thought that, in order for a program to start upon bootup, the registry must contain that program in its "Run" key somewhere. wmplayer.exe does NOT appear anywhere in such keys. Is there some OTHER place (besides services) where the system goes to find which applications to start?

I can post a HiJackThis log file if needed.
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I would suggest you try to uninstall windows media player and if that does'nt work I would try a windows system repair
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I'm using W2000 Pro also. I copied msconfig onto a floppy from a XP machine and transfered it to my W2000 machine. Works great....
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You might want to upgrade to sp4.....
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read here http://www.bootdisk.com

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with regards to spybot s&d, you dont need to run the scan. Just follow the instructions I gave you on post # 2 of this thread with regards to startup list.

Edited by kool808, 30 June 2005 - 04:55 PM.

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... follow the instructions I gave you on post # 2 of this thread with regards to startup list.

I appreciate the advice about using various tools to turn off the WMP startup option, but ...

My Windows Registry does NOT contain an entry to run Windows Media Player upon startup.

Yet, it starts up on boot; that's the problem. Thanks anyway.
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download and install Tune Up Utilities, a trial version. Go to Clean Up & Repair > Tune Up registry cleaner.

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Download and install Cleanup, then run.
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Hello:

Sorry I'm late...I have the solution to your problem buddy.

Yes, you can install MSCONFIG (the Microsoft Configurator), but that won't help you here. You can run a hijack this log, but it wont find your problem either. Why, because the command to start Windows Media Player 9 is in the only place of the registry that Hijack This doesn't scan.

From the registry, go here:

HKEY_Local_Machine / Software / Microsoft / Windows / Current Version / POLICIES / Explorer / Run

Let us know how this works out for you. :tazz:

Thanks,

Magus
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Have you tried changing the settings in WMP ....it might work.....
If you are facing the probllem then also try error nuker , tune up utility etc.....
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From the registry, go here:

HKEY_Local_Machine / Software / Microsoft / Windows / Current Version / POLICIES / Explorer / Run

Let us know how this works out for you.  :tazz:

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Magus, that did the trick. Nice and clean bootup without the Media Player popping up.

Not only did my problem get solved, I learned something as well: check the registry's POLICIES as well as the startup keys.

Thanks again, Magus, for the expert help. I really appreciate it.
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I always thought that, in order for a program to start upon bootup, the registry must contain that program in its "Run" key somewhere.


RickJ_3 - Glad you got your problem taken care of and am excited to hear that you're so enthusiastic about learning something new. Actually, you'd be amazed at how many ways a program can be configured to run at startup. It blows my mind away to think about it.

Again, I'm glad your problem was taken care of and happy I could be of service to you.

Magus
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magusbuckley - Thanks Dude
I learned something good today. . . :tazz:
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