Creating a clean Win7 user with no startup programs
March 31, 2011 8:26 PM Subscribe
How can I create a new user account with absolutely zero startup items Windows 7?
posted by Shepherd to computers & internet (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've never had multiple users on one computer before -- ever -- but I'm in a situation now where I'd like to create a user on my computer (running Windows 7) that has no startup programs. Nothing but Windows and whatever base drivers come with it. So not running in Safe Mode or anything, but booting "clean" to a Windows that doesn't auto-run any programs other than Windows.
Every time I create a new account, it still loads up AVG, ZoneAlarm, PeerBlock, IntelliType, etc. etc. etc.
I can deactivate these from the new account (if the new account is given admin privileges) via msconfig and the Startup tab, but this deactivates them globally -- in my main account as well as the new account. When I look at msconfig from my main account, some items that don't appear in the startup tab of the new account are there, and selected -- and the ones I deactivated in the new account are also deactivated in the main account.
I'd like a new account that has nothing in the startup tab in msconfig.
So what I guess I have to do is somehow "reassign" all of those startup items -- which seem to be consigned to "all users" somehow -- to my main account only, and create a new account that doesn't have anything starting up automatically except Windows.
I have no idea how to do this.
I hope this is clear -- I'm in the category of people that know just enough to be dangerous to themselves, but not enough to figure out how to do things like this.